Read Jamaal Lascelles' reaction to speculation about his Newcastle future

Everton have again been linked with Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles.

Wednesday, 1st August 2018, 2:26 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st August 2018, 2:33 pm
Jamaal Lascelles.

Lascelles has been the subject of speculation for much of the summer after leading his club to a 10th-placed finish last season.

The 24-year-old, has also been linked with West Ham United and Liverpool.

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Lascelles, under contract at St James's Park until 2023, addressed speculation last month at the club's training camp in Ireland.

Speaking to the Gazette, Lascelles said: “I don’t really take much notice of it. Since I was 16, there’s always been speculation and interest from clubs.

“My dad’s always said to me, and he still says now, ‘don’t take any notice of it – just concentrate on your job, work hard and be the best player you can be’.

“Your football will take care of yourself if you do that. I’m happy. I’m a Newcastle player. I’m still tied down to a long contract.

Jamaal Lascelles.

“It’s about having a good pre-season and starting the season right.”

“For sure, we want Jamaal,” said Benitez. “He’s a key player for us. He was a key player last year and he can be a key player for Newcastle United in a long, long time in the future.

“The reality is that we don’t want to sell Jamaal. He’s a key player for us, and the captain and a leader.”