Newcastle will ‘listen’ to offers for long-serving Tim Krul

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Rafa Benitez has admitted Newcastle United will “listen” to offers for No 1 Tim Krul.

Krul – who ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament playing for Holland late last year – is closing in on a comeback.

We have Elliot in the same situation. We have Sels now, we have Darlow and we have Woodman. So we cannot keep five keepers for the whole season.

Rafa Benitez

The 28-year-old has been the club’s first-choice goalkeeper for the past five years.

But with Krul and Rob Elliot sidelined, United manager Benitez recruited Matz Sels in the summer.

And Sels started the campaign between the posts ahead of Karl Darlow.

United also handed a new deal to 19-year-old Freddie Woodman this month.

Krul has just a year on his contract, and there are no talks over a new deal.

Asked about Krul’s future, Benitez said: “He has one year left on his contract.

“We have five keepers are the moment. He’s coming back after his injury, he’s training hard and he’s improving.

“We know that he’s a very good keeper. If he has to compete, he’s a very good goalkeeper, so it won’t be too hard. But we have Elliot in the same situation.

“We have Sels now, we have Darlow and we have Woodman. So we can’t keep five keepers for the whole season. He’s getting fitter, but it depends on if anyone is interested.

“If they are, then we will listen to them, but just for the moment it’s just to keep the keepers because we couldn’t make the same mistake as last season when we had just one single goalkeeper and after we had a problem.

“We knew that he was getting fitter, but we didn’t know when, so we needed to bring a keeper (Sels) in and protect them.”