Isaac Hayden shares how Benitez convinced him to make Newcastle move

Isaac Hayden celebrates scoring the sixth goal for Hull City

The midfielder made the move from Arsenal earlier this week.

Arsenal's Isaac HaydenArsenal's Isaac Hayden

Isaac Hayden has told the Chronicle that manager Rafa Benitez convinced him that Newcastle United was the right place for his development.

The midfielder joined the Magpies earlier this week when he completed a move from Arsenal.

He had been with the Gunners for eight years, rising through their youth ranks but never making a Premier League appearance for Arsene Wenger’s side.

Hull City's Isaac Hayden remonstrates with referee Mike Jones after Manchester City's fourth goalHull City's Isaac Hayden remonstrates with referee Mike Jones after Manchester City's fourth goal

With first tem places hard to come by, last season saw him out on loan with Hull City in the Championship.

And he says that he decided upon a permanent exit this time around as Rafa Benitez convinced him St James Park was the best place for his development.

“For me there was no chance for me at Arsenal,” he told the Chronicle.

“There are too many midfielders there and even players like Jack Wilshere might not get a game next season. As soon as the manager here spoke to me I knew it was the right place to come to get to my potential.”

Isaac Hayden celebrates scoring the sixth goal for Hull CityIsaac Hayden celebrates scoring the sixth goal for Hull City

It now remains to be seen whether Hayden can establish himself as a regular in the Newcastle midfield next season.

They are hardly short on midfield options themselves, with the likes of Cheikh Tiote, Jonjo Shelvey, Vurnon Anita and Jack Colback all competing for places at present.

Given how poorly they performed last season though, Hayden will surely be confident of securing regular game time in the upcoming campaign.

Burnley's George Boyd and Hull City's Isaac Hayden in actionBurnley's George Boyd and Hull City's Isaac Hayden in action

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