Jonjo Shelvey has claimed that he is not leaving Newcastle United this summer.
But the midfielder is adamant that his future remains on Tyneside.
As quoted by the Chronicle, he said: “I won’t be leaving this club.
“I don’t know who wants me to leave or stay but as far as I am concerned I am at Newcastle United.
“I am not looking to go anywhere.”
This is surely good news for the Magpies. Shelvey wasn’t anywhere near his best last year, but when he is on top form, he is a formidable creative force in the centre of the park, and as things begin to look increasingly slipshod on Tyneside, his presence could be a real shining light. Even last year, when he struggled with injury, he was averaging 1.6 key passes and making 5.4 long balls per match [Whoscored]. If the Toon Army can find the right man to be a willing runner in behind defences, he could be the skeleton key needed to unpick all sorts of sides, and even though he would no doubt fetch a pretty penny were he to leave, the priority for the Magpies must now be to hold on to what they have and try and build for next term. whether Mike Ashley sees it like that, however, remains to be seen.