Rafa Benitez on the Newcastle future of Florian Thauvin

Florian Thauvin
Florian Thauvin

Rafa Benitez is yet to make a decision on the Newcastle United future of Florian Thauvin.

Second-half substitute Thauvin – who spent the second half of last season on loan at former club Olympique Marseille – scored in today's 6-0 friendly win over Bohemian in Dublin.

Thauvin finished a left-wing cross from Rolando Aarons at the far post.

It was the 23-year-old's first appearance for the club since he was booed off the pitch by fans in a FA Cup defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road.

Marseille are keen to take Thauvin back to the Stade Velodrome, but the deal would have to be right financially for Newcastle, who paid £12million for him last summer.

Asked if Thauvin had a future on Tyneside, United manager Benitez said: "I think they have to try their best (in pre-season), and after, we will decide. It depends on the offers. It depends. We will analyse each case."

Thauvin refused to speak after the game.

New signings Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie were on target for Newcastle at Dalymount Park along with Aarons, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Georginio Wijnaldum.