Ahead of the Boxing Day clash with Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has been holding his pre-match press conference.
Despite leading the league, one of the club’s biggest names in Aleksandar Mitrovic has been linked with a move away from St. James’ Park in January.
There’s little doubt the Serbian is one of the most popular players on Tyneside, though the form of Championship top goalscorer Dwight Gayle has largely kept him at bay.
Ahead of the arduous winter in the Championship, the Spaniard has revealed the 22-year-old forward will not be going anywhere as he prepares to take his promotion charge to the next level.
Rafa Benitez insists Aleksandar Mitrovic will not leave in January. He says he needs him and the other players not featuring to step up.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) December 23, 2016
He’s so far shied away from using both Gayle and Mitrovic at the same time, though Jonjo Shelvey’s five-game ban could change things in January.
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