Newcastle United have issued their retained list, which has seen head coach allow four players to leave the club. Also, one has turned a loan move away permanent, but the Spaniard is hoping one player will stay and talks continue.
Following a lengthy battle with Brighton & Hove Albion, Newcastle sealed the league title on the final day of the season. They are now busy putting preparations in place for their return to the Premier League. They’ve been heavily linked with players coming into St James’ Park.
Perhaps the most notable departure from the club is the versatile Vurnon Anita. The Dutchman, who can play at either right back or central midfield, was seemingly a favourite of Benitez. Nevertheless, he has been allowed to find himself a new club. He made 31 appearances in their title winning campaign, playing over 100 times in total for the club. Benitez describes him as a ‘outstanding team-player’ and an ‘excellent professional’.
Winger Sammy Ameobi heads out too. He was very much on the fringe of the team and Bolton Wanderers are hoping to sign him permanently. He spent time on loan at the Macron Stadium in the first part of last season. Young defender Lubo Satka and 24-year-old Haris Vuckic exits too. The pair have also spent time out on loan in recent times, especially Vuckic, who since 2012 and left five times on temporary deals.
Yoan Gouffran is someone Benitez is hoping to keep at the club. He has confirmed they are now in ‘early negotiations’ over extending his time with the club. It is still unclear if he will be staying or leaving. French international Florian Thauvin has completed a permanent switch to Marseille as well.
Released: Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Lubo Satka & Haris Vuckic.
In negotiations: Yoan Gouffran.
Left permanently: Florian Thauvin.