Future of Newcastle captain Lascelles depends on Benitez decision

Future of Newcastle captain Lascelles depends on Benitez decision

Future of Newcastle captain Lascelles depends on Benitez decision

A report in early April claimed that Merino has grown frustrated with at his lack of first team involvement and has consequently told Benitez that he wants to leave St James' Park in the summer, with Athletic Bilbao thought to be keen on a move.

The Spaniard took over at St James' Park towards the end of 2015-16 and, although he could not stave off relegation, the Magpies bounced back at the first attempt by claiming the Championship title.

However, speculation continues to swirl surrounding Benitez's future, with the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss reportedly seeking assurances that he will be given funds to improve the squad.

Lascelles, signed from Nottingham Forest in 2014, agreed a new six-year deal in October.

"I have got a good feeling that the manager will stay and we will keep building and that will probably be the most important signing of the summer, making Rafa stay", he told Sky Sports. "Since he's been here, the club has been on the rise".

Shelvey has called on Newcastle to do everything possible to keep hold of a manager who has not only lifted the mood in the club but also across the entire city. In this case, we are lucky enough to have [Isaac] Hayden, Mikel, Jonjo and more, because all of them can play.

"I'm a Newcastle player, I'm happy here, I'm the captain and things are going really well".

Which 11 players would you pick in the Newcastle team v Chelsea on Sunday afternoon?

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