Newcastle captain Lascelles pleads with Ashley to appease Benitez

Head coach Rafael Benitez of Real Madrid CF looks on sitted on the bench prior to start the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Sociedad de Futbol at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu

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One ray of sunshine though has threatened to banish the rainy days that surrounded us under Ashley and even with the danger of storm clouds looming in the distance, these have been kept at bay by the growing proof that Rafa Benitez's project does look like it has the potential to bear fruit.

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Promes has found himself linked with to a move to the Premier League on multiple occasions during his time in Russian Federation but Newcastle will hoping that they can match his £25m price tag and be the club who finally bring him over to England.

"When you're flicking through Twitter or people say there's rumours about this, that and the other you're aware of it but I don't take any notice", Lascelles told Sky Sports.

The 28-year-old Netherlands global has made just 16 appearances this season after being a mainstay in the side for several years, and looks nailed-on for a summer exit.

Newcastle issued a statement from owner Mike Ashley a couple of hours after the match.

Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles is paying little attention to speculation suggesting that he could be a summer transfer target for Chelsea and Everton.

Ashley congratulated Benitez and his players for their achievements.

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He said: 'Rafa, as always, has my full support, and contrary to some media reports that portray me as a pantomime villain, I will continue to ensure that every penny generated by the club is available to him.

"Finally, I would like to thank the fans for their unrivalled support of Rafa and the team throughout the season".

"My future? I've heard so much talk, but I haven't spoken to De Laurentiis: I have a contract with Newcastle, I'm talking to them about my renewal".

Kenedy is not the only loan player to be unavailable for Newcastle against Chelsea, with Islam Slimani still suspended for the incident that occurred against West Brom.

"If you don't have the money, the main thing is to be sure that if you sell this one for £40million, you have two at £20million who can do well".

"Newcastle showed great desire, a great will to fight, a great will to take three points and to finish this season in the best possible way".

"When I went there, they were in a bad position and we finished third and we won the Europa League".

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