Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has seemingly ruled out a move away from the club this summer.
The Englishman endured a nightmare campaign last term, with injury restricting him to just 17 appearances in all competitions.
The star, who was one of the Magpies’ best players in the 2017/18 season, struggled with a pesky thigh problem which resulted in him losing his place in the starting XI.
Isaac Hayden was his replacement and the former Arsenal man struck up a great partnership with youngster Sean Longstaff.
When Shelvey returned, he had no choice but to warm the bench with Rafa Benitez staying loyal to the new duo.
There was some speculation that Shelvey might leave this summer, with West Ham having been linked with a £20 million move (The Daily Mail).
But the former Liverpool man appears to have his sights set on next season at St. James’ Park.
He told nufc.co.uk: “People wrote me off and things like that, but as far as I’m aware I’m a Newcastle United player and, until I’m told otherwise, I’ll keep fighting for a spot in this team and to show everyone how good I am.
“I obviously want to get myself back into the team first of all, and make sure by the start of the season that I’m back in the starting eleven and then kick on from there.”
With Isaac Hayden still wanting out and Mo Diame set to leave on a free, Shelvey’s comments will likely go down well with the Newcastle faithful.
He featured so little last term that it has perhaps been forgotten how important he is to Newcastle.
No one else in the squad has his passing range and losing his creativity would be a big blow.
Benitez was probably right to stick by Hayden and Longstaff as they worked so well together, but that partnership is highly unlikely to continue next term, meaning it’s a chance to make up for lost time for Shelvey.