NUFC news round up – 5-year deal ready for Rafa, Porto star linked + Matt Ritchie announcement

A round up of all of today’s NUFC news and gossip:

  • The Chronicle’s Chris Waugh has shared a brilliant story after attending last night’s NUFC foundation Dinner, revealing how Rafa Benitez went out of his way to invite all the award winners to attend a training session – Full story here.
  • According to the Chronicle, the club are now ready to sanction a five-year deal for Rafa Benitez – making him one of the top paid managers in the league – but Benitez will only sign if he gets assurances over three specific things – Full story here. 
  • Rafa Benitez has shared good and bad news on the injury front ahead of Saturday’s game with Bournemouth, suggesting that Lascelles should be fine – but admitting that it will be ‘difficult’ for Muto or Shelvey to be fit in time – Full story here. 
  • According to reports in Portugal, Newcastle are now considering a January move to sign Porto’s Yacine Brahimi – with the winger expected to leave in the new year after talks over a new contract ‘reached an impasse’ – Full story here. 
  • Matt Ritchie has asked to be left out of the Scotland squad for the ‘foreseeable future’ – despite Alex McLeish wanting him to be involved in their upcoming UEFA Nations League games next week – Full story here.

  • After their incredible 1-0 win at Cardiff just days after the tragic death of  Khun Vichai, Alan Shearer has paid tribute to the Leicester City – including all 11 players in his Premier League team of the week – Full story here. 
  • As revealed by Martin Tyler, Newcastle are on track to break a Premier League record if we continue scoring headed goals at the rate we have so far this season – with 57% of our goals so far coming from headers – Full story here. 
  • Mo Diame has spoken highly of fellow NUFC midfielder Ki Sung-yueng, praising his ‘composure’, passing ability and ‘quality’ on the ball – saying it is ‘easy to play with a quality player like him’ – Full story here. 
  • And finally, with Rafa Benitez suggesting that Muto and Shelvey are likely to miss out on Saturday, we think this will be the the NUFC XI that starts against Bournemouth on Saturday – See it here. 

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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