Newcastle Boss Rafa Benitez Hints at Potential Exit for Midfielder Henri Saivet
Monday July 24th, 2017
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has hinted at a potential exit for midfielder Henri Saivet this summer.
The Senegal international joined the Magpies from Bordeaux in January 2016, but played just four games in the Premier League and could not prevent his side's ultimate relegation.
And after failing to impress, he spent last season back in Ligue 1 on loan at Saint-Etienne.
With Newcastle back in the Premier League following last season's Championship title win, it appears that Saivet is unlikely to be in Benitez's plans.
Asked by the Chronicle on the 26-year-old's future at the club, Benitez said: “To be fair it normally depends on other clubs. We continue to monitor every situation.”
Saivet made 27 appearances in Ligue 1 last season and was a regular for Bordeaux prior to joining Newcastle.
He may not be the only player set to depart the club this summer, with the likes of Chancel Mbemba, Karl Darlow and Aleksandar Mitrovic all linked with an exit.
And on the incoming front, Newcastle have been linked with a move for Osmanlispor attacking midfielder Badou N’Diaye.
Asked if he expects any new arrivals in the coming days, Benitez simply said: “Hopefully."
The Spaniard is also believed to be looking for a goalkeeper and a striker having already secured the signings of Javier Manquillo and Jacob Murphy.
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