Former Liverpool defender rules out reunion with Rafa Benitez at Newcastle

Martin Skrtel and Papiss Cisse
Martin Skrtel and Papiss Cisse

Martin Skrtel has ruled out a return to England – after being linked with Newcastle United.

The Fenerbahce defender was signed by Rafa Benitez during his time at Liverpool.

And bookmakers this week made Newcastle 2/1 favourites to sign the 32-year-old, who left Anfield last year.

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Benitez is looking to strengthen his defensive options this summer ahead of the coming Premier League campaign.

Skrtel, however, has been quoted by Turkish media on the possibility of a move away from Istanbul.

The Slovakia international said: "I don’t want to leave. I have settled in, and want to remain at Fenerbahce.”

United are in talks with Spanish club Eibar over an £8.8million move for defender Florian Lejeune.