Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has revealed that he does not have a release clause in his new six-year contract and has called for fans to abandon the planned boycott of certain matches in protest against owner Mike Ashley.
Lascelles signed his new deal despite rumours of a potential move away from the club - though rumours soon began to swirl that his new deal would contain a release clause.
Lascelles has moved to swiftly clear up any concern from supporters, telling The Chronicle that he requested for one not to be inserted into the deal.
"There is actually no clause where I can escape, I didn't want there to be. It's not even a conversation that took place.
"I am happy here and over the moon to sign for six years. I was buzzing when I got offered a new deal, I am happy to see out a lot of my career here."
The news that no release clause exists will come as a considerable relief to Newcastle fans. Lascelles' performances have steadily improved during his time at St James' Park and the centre-back has been linked with a multitude of Premier League clubs as a result.
“When there are problems off the pitch it does affect you as players. It would help if everyone came together and put all that bad energy into positive energy, helping us get three points.
“I understand the fans’ frustration. But when 52,000 Geordies get behind us, it gives such an uplift. My message is stick with us. The fans are entitled to sing about Mike Ashley but it does impact on us.”