Player News - Newcastle United

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Kenedy has returned to Newcastle United on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

The 22-year-old spent the second half of the last term on Tyneside after joining on loan from Chelsea in January. Kenedy enjoyed a successful spell at St. James' Park, scoring twice in 13 appearances as Newcastle finished 10th in the Premier League. "I am so happy with this interest from Rafa Benítez, that he came back for me," said Kenedy. "I want to keep it going, the work that I did here before, for the new season." The Brazilian winger is Newcastle's third signing of the summer, following the arrival of midfielder Ki Sung-yueng and goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
Jul 12 - 6:21 PM

Fulham are close to signing Aleksander Mitrovic on a permanent basis.

The Newcastle United striker spent the second half of the season at Craven Cottage after joining the Lilywhites on transfer deadline day in January. Mitrovic played a key role in helping Fulham reach the top-flight, scoring 12 times [one assist] from 18 starts, and the Serbian is expected to complete his move when he returns from a short-break following his involvement at the World Cup. The deal is said to be worth in the region of £20m which would dwarf the club’s previous record transfer fee paid - £12.4m to Olympiacos for Greece international Konstantinos Mitroglou back in 2014. Mitrovic will be the newly promoted sides first signing of the summer, although manager Slavisa Jokanovic is hoping to make another successful loanee - Matt Targett, from Southampton - his second new addition. Fulham have also submitted a £12m bid to Championship winners Wolverhampton Wanderers for their winger Ivan Cavaleiro.
Jul 3 - 12:34 PM

Newcastle has added to its midfield with a summer move for Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-yueng.

The 29-year-old returns to the Northeast for the second time following his 2013 loan at Sunderland, but this time on a two-year contract following Swansea City's relegation this season. The South Korean captain becomes manager Rafa Benitez's second signing of the summer after turning Martin Dubravka's loan into a permanent deal. Said Benitez: "I’m pleased to welcome Ki to the club. He is a player with lots of Premier League and international experience and it was an easy decision to bring him here. He is the captain of his country, a good character and he will be a good addition to the squad."
Jul 1 - 2:33 PM

Newcastle officially announced that it has turned goalkeeper Martin Dubravka's loan into a permanent move.

The Slovakian international arrived on Tyneside in January on loan from Sparta Prague as a backup to Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot, but quickly became the club's No. 1 option, making 12 Premier League appearances to end the season. Now, Dubravka has signed on through the summer of 2022 and will push to be the starting keeper in Rafa Benitez's side. Said Benitez: "Ever since he arrived with us on loan he has shown a fantastic attitude and great work ethic, and of course we have been very impressed with his performances for us on the pitch last season. This was one of the key positions we had identified we needed to strengthen and had been concerned about, so it is excellent news that we are able now to sign him on a permanent basis."
May 31 - 3:43 PM

Ciaran Clark is targeting a return in pre-season after injury ruled the defender out of Newcastle’s final three games.

The 26-year-old has found himself of the peripherals of the first-team team after picking up a knee injury at Crystal Palace in early February. The setback coincided with the return to fitness of Florian Lejeune, who came in to partner captain Jamaal Lascelles, and Rafa Benitez never deviated from the defensive pairing for the remainder of the campaign. Earlier this month, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill confirmed that Clark would miss the upcoming friendly internationals versus France and the United States due to injury. "I had an injection a couple of weeks ago in my knee," Clark told nufc.co.uk. "Coming towards the end of the season, I'd been trying to train and doing a little bit outside, but it'd not been quite right, so we took the view that we'd leave it for a couple of weeks. Hopefully by pre-season it'll be back to normal and I'll be ready to go again for next season."
May 23 - 8:17 AM

Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng has announced that he will be leaving the club following their relegation to the Championship.

The South Korea international confirmed via his Instagram account that he will quit The Liberty after five years, which probably explains his absence from the matchday squad on Sunday. Ki thanked the Swansea fans for their "passionate support" and his teammates who were a "great joy to work with [both] on and off the pitch" before wishing everyone associated with Swansea "the best of luck in the future." Ki becomes the third player within the last 24 hours to leave after Leon Britton revealed he will be retiring. Meanwhile, the Swans have decided not to renew Angel Rangel’s contract. The 28-year-old will attract a lot of interest with Everton and Serie A side AC Milan the latest in a long line of clubs being heavily linked with the player. Ki almost moved to West Ham United during the January window as part of the Andre Ayew deal, but he decided to stay and help Swansea’s fight against relegation.
Source: BBC Sport
May 14 - 4:37 AM

Newcastle United finished the season with an excellent performance in a 3-0 win over Chelsea at St. James' Park.

Newcastle started brightly with Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame shined in the center of the park and went close early. In the 23rd minute, the Magpies offensive pressure was rewarded when Dwight Gayle headed home from close range after Jacob Murphy’s effort was denied by Courtois. Chelsea didn't threaten until the 50th minute when Olivier Giroud tried with a deft flick, but Martin Dubravka produced a brilliant save, backpedalling to tip it over the bar. Any chance of comeback was extinguished by top-scorer Ayoze Perez, who poked home in the 59th and 63rd minute to seal all three points and a 10th-placed finish for Rafa Benitez's side.
Source: NBC Sports
May 13 - 12:40 PM

Ayoze Perez continued his scorching form with Newcastle's only rally in their Week 37 loss at Vicarage Road.

Ayoze Perez has always shown flashes of brilliance but for the first time he is sustaining it with his fourth goal since the beginning of April to go with two assists. At only 24-years-old it could be a breakthrough or just a run of good form.
Source: Espn.com
May 5 - 1:43 PM

Christian Atsu, who has been sidelined for the past month, will miss Newcastle’s final three matches after undergoing knee surgery.

The speedy winger has been managing a niggling knee problem for a while now, and with manager Rafa Benitez not prepared to take any further risks, now that the club are safe, a decision was taken for Atsu to go under the knife. "He had an operation on his knee to be sure that he will be fine for the next year," revealed the United manager. "It wasn’t a big issue, but he had some discomfort, and we needed to fix the problem now to be sure that next year he’s fine." Newcastle travel to Watford on Saturday and Benitez has already suggested that he "will make some changes" at Vicarage Road. However, this will not include the likes of Islam Slimani after he was handed a three-game for violent conduct, or Ciaran Clark, who picked up an injury in training.
May 5 - 6:15 AM

Newcastle forward Islam Slimani's season is over after the FA handed his a three-match ban for violent conduct.

The ban will see the Algerian international miss Newcastle's final run in with games against Watford, Tottenham, and Chelsea, although the club is safe from relegation, after he was seen on video kicking out at West Brom's Craig Dawson last weekend. Slimani never got off and running on Tyneside since arriving on loan from Leicester City in the winter transfer window as a series of injuries prolonged his debut. In four appearances with Newcastle, Slimani made only one start and failed to score a goal. Said the FA in a statement: "Islam Slimani will miss Newcastle United's next three matches after he was charged with violent conduct. He accepted the charge but argued the suspension was excessive. This was rejected by an independent regulatory commission."
Source: Sky Sports
May 3 - 3:38 PM

Newcastle's four-match winning streak came to an end with a 1-0 defeat at Everton on Monday.

In all, it was a disappointing trip to Goodison Park for Newcastle. Rafa Benitez made one change to his side from the 2-1 win over Arsenal, as Islam Slimani made his first start since arriving on loan from Leicester City. Ayoze Perez nearly broke the deadlock in a first-half void of clear-cut chances when he tested Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the 31st minute. Perez had another opportunity just after the restart, but the Spaniard dragged wide with his left foot. Just a matter of seconds later, Everton took the lead when Theo Walcott collected a cross and smashed home from close-range. Matt Ritchie went close from a free-kick on 77 minutes as the visitors went for it late, but the Magpies weren't able to even the score. The defeat means Newcastle remain 10th on 41 points with four matches remaining.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 23 - 5:51 PM

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez said that the club will explore a way to keep Kenedy at the club beyond this season.

The Brazilian international is pushing for a World Cup spot this summer after impressing for Newcastle since arriving on loan from Chelsea in the winter transfer window. The versatile winger has recorded two goals and two assists in recent months, catching the eye of Benitez, who said he would even take Kenedy back on loan if they couldn't work out a deal with Chelsea: "If you want to win games and he's doing well you have to play him. If he's doing even better, than fine, fair enough. You can't change that. It will be more difficult for us, for sure, but he's so happy he'll be keen to stay."
Apr 23 - 1:01 PM

Matt Ritchie's second half goal sentenced Arsenal to a fifth consecutive away Premier League defeat.

With the win, the Magpies are virtually assured of another season in the Premier League. Goals from Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie overcame an early Alexandre Lacazette rally as Newcastle came from behind against an Arsenal side conserving resources for their push for the Europa League title. Perez has now scored in three matches on the trot.
Source: Espn.com
Apr 15 - 2:39 PM

Newcastle United moved 10 points clear of the relegation zone after a 2-1 win at Leicester City thanks to goals from Jonjo Shelvey and Ayoze Perez.

Newcastle got off to a confident start at the King Power Stadium, and took the lead when Azoye Perez teed up Jonjo Shelvey to fire home from outside the penalty area after a deflection off of Ben Chilwell. The Magpies had a nervy moment when Paul Dummett collided with Riyad Mahrez in the box just before the break, but exhaled after penalty shouts were waved off. With a quarter of an hour remaining, though, the visitors double their lead when Perez slipped through the Leicester defense and popped a lovely chip over Kasper Schmeichel. Jamie Vardy would pull one back in the 84th, but Rafa Benitez's side held on for their third straight league win. Newcastle now sit clear of the drop zone in 10th with 38 points.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 7 - 12:46 PM

Mo Diame is facing a race against time to be ready for Saturdays trip to Leicester City.

The 30-year-old has battled back from rock bottom to become an integral part of the Newcastle squad. Last year, Diame admitted that his time on Tyneside hadn’t gone to plan: "This season has been the poorest of my career. It’s tough mentally. Sometimes you lose a bit of confidence and you lose confidence about how you can play." However, fast-forward 12 months, and Diame is one of the first names on the United team sheet after agreeing with Benitez to revert back to his old, more favoured role, as a midfielder. "I have always said that it is easier to be facing the game than playing with your back to it. So now I am happy." But, Diame is at risk of missing out this weekend after being forced off during the win over Southampton: "I decided to make a change because he was injured," said Benitez. "He’s been really important for us, hopefully, it will be nothing."
Apr 5 - 5:41 AM



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