Rafa Benitez delivers message to Mohamed Diame as Newcastle United release midfielder
Rafa Benitez has paid tribute to Mohamed Diame – after Newcastle United published its retained list.
Diame’s name was not on the list, as the midfielder didn’t trigger a one-year contract extension last season.
The 31-year-old – who had wanted a two-year deal at St James’s Park – had needed to play 25 games in the 2018-19 campaign get an extra year.
Diame, signed from Hull City three years ago, helped the club win the Championship in his first season at the club.
United manager Benitez said: "Mo has been a great servant to Newcastle United in his three years here. He has given us a lot on and off the pitch and we wish him well for the future.”
Diame has been linked with a move to Championship club Leeds United.