Rafa Benitez reacts to Chelsea’s £18million interest in Jamaal Lascelles

Jamaal Lascelles
Jamaal Lascelles

Rafa Benitez says Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles hasn’t had his head turned by reports he is on Chelsea’s wanted list.

The big-spending Premier League giants have been linked with an £18million move for Lascelles when the transfer window reopens in January.

But Benitez has shrugged off the specualtion, and says the 22-year-old defender is focused on Newcastle’s promotion push.

He said: “To be fair I was talking with Jamaal this week because I read a lot of things in the press.

“He is quite happy and training well.

“He is concentrating on playing football and that’s it.”