According to the Sun’s David Coverdale, Jonjo Shelvey held ‘showdown talks’ in Rafa Benitez’s office last week, with the midfielder demanding answers after feeling he’s being ‘constantly overlooked’.
This cones after 27-year-old’s failure to start a single league game since November, with Isaac Hayden, Mo Diame and Ki Sung-Yueng all being selected from the start ahead of the former Swansea man in recent weeks.
He has had his injury issues, and it’s claimed that Rafa referred back to these during the exchange last week, only for Shelvey to ask how he can be expected to be ‘match fit’ when he’s not being given game time.
Here’s a snippet from Coverdale’s latest piece from the Sun, with Rafa now expected to cash in on the ‘frustrated’ midfielder this summer:
‘Jonjo Shelvey held showdown talks with Rafa Benitez over his role at Newcastle.
‘The frustrated midfielder, 27, has not started a game since November.
‘And SunSport understands Shelvey went to Benitez’s office last week to ask why he was being constantly overlooked.
‘The Magpies manager replied by telling the ex-England international he was not fit enough.
‘But Shelvey questioned how he could be expected to be match fit when he was not given game time.
‘Following the frank exchange, the ex-Liverpool and Swansea star was an unused substitute in Newcastle’s 1-0 win at Leicester on Friday night.
‘But there are now serious doubts over his future — with West Ham leading the £20million chase to land him this summer.
‘He is contracted until 2021 but Benitez could now be keen to cash in.’
Shelvey did have a positive impact from the bench in games against Everton and Bournemouth recently, however he’s failed to make a single Premier League start since the turn of the year, being left on the bench during Friday’s 1-0 win at Leicester.
With him being one of our highest earners (if not our highest on a reported £70,000 per week) and tipped to make a £20m move to West Ham this summer, it feels like his long goodbye is well and truly underway.