Report claims none of Newcastle's squad have relegation release clauses in their contracts

Rafael Benitez's side are currently languishing in the Premier League relegation zone.

A report in the Chronicle has claimed that none of Newcastle United's current squad have relegation release clauses in their contracts that would allow them to leave the club quite easily if the Magpies end up going down this season.

Though some supporters may believe that a lack of a get-out clause in players' contracts is only likely to delay the inevitable of their biggest stars departing St James' Park, the Chronicle also suggests that the club would be in no rush to sell their key men as they suspect that they have enough strength to see them return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

While avoiding dropping into the Championship should be more than enough motivation for some of the star players on Tyneside, the prospect of being made to stay at the club while they play in the second tier unless a good enough offer comes in may give them that extra desire required to pull them out of the trouble they are currently in. 

With eight games to go, Rafael Benitez's men are currently second-bottom in the table and are three points adrift of safety. 

And while all of their remaining fixtures need to be treated like cup finals, their first encounter following the international break could have massive implications for the survival race as they come up against Norwich. 

Alex Neil's side are currently the team sitting just outside the drop zone, so a defeat would leave Newcastle six points adrift which would arguably see them putting one foot into the Championship.

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