Report: Benitez stay is convincing Townsend to remain at Newcastle United

Newcastle United with manager Rafael Benitez shakes hands with Andros Townsend after the game

The Newcastle United star has been targeted by Crystal Palace, Southampton and West Ham United.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez celebrates with Andros Townsend at the end of the match

Rafa Benitez deciding to stay at Newcastle United has convinced Andros Townsend to remain at the club, reports the Chronicle.

The winger has been linked with a swift exit from St James’ Park this summer, with the Telegraph reporting that Crystal Palace Southampton and West Ham United are all keen on securing his signature after he impressed at the end of this past season. 

Andros Townsend celebrates after scoring the first goal for Newcastle

Newcastle are naturally determined to keep him, and a report from the Daily Express on Tuesday suggested that the Magpies were set to offer him a new and improved deal to ensure he stays at the club.

According to the Chronicle, Townsend is receptive to accepting that offer because he wants to continue working with Benitez next season.

Newcastle United with manager Rafael Benitez shakes hands with Andros Townsend after the game

Townsend enjoyed his best form under the Spaniard at the end of last season, becoming their leading man in a late and unsuccessful bid to avoid relegation. As a result he is believed to be willing to spend a year in the second tier under his tutelage.

After some deliberation, Benitez decided to stay at the club next year, and that decision is leading the England international to err towards staying in the North East to continue their current fruitful relationship.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez celebrates with Andros Townsend at the end of the match

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