Rafa Benitez piles the pressure on Newcastle over new deal – ‘I’m waiting for an answer’

Benitez admitted the England discard would be recalled if that pair are missing.

But it was hardly a ringing endorsement for a player whose Magpies’ future is shrouded in doubt.

“He wants to play and is pushing in the right way,” said the Toon chief.

“He did well when he came on in a couple of games but the others are still doing well so he has to compete with them.”

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