Rafa Benitez puts one Newcastle player up for sale but rules out Jonjo Shelvey exit in January


Rafa Benitez puts one Newcastle player up for sale but rules out Jonjo Shelvey exit in January

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez insists Jonjo Shelvey will not be sold in the January transfer window – but refused to talk about any potential incomings at St James’ Park.

Benitez caused something of a stir last weekend with his claim that it would be “a miracle” if the Magpies retained their Premier League status this season.

Rafa Benitez has been frustrated by the lack of signings at Newcastle

That was interpreted as a shot across the bows of owner Mike Ashley ahead of January, with the manager still bemoaning the club’s summer transfer dealings, which he believes left them at a disadvantage in the battle for survival, with their rivals having invested heavily.

However, he was maintaining a silence over transfers at his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon, although he did confirm that Shelvey is staying put and that one player – Rob Elliot – was available for sale.

“I decided before I came to the press conference not to talk about the transfer window,” said Benitez.

“I speak to Lee Charnley (the managing director) everyday but I decided not to talk about the transfer window.

“I prefer not to talk too much, that is it, it is my decision.”