Rob Elliot confident of Newcastle United future after Rafa Benitez talks

Newcastle United's Rob Elliot

The Irish international goalkeeper is currently out of action with a knee injury.

Newcastle United's Rob ElliotNewcastle United's Rob Elliot

Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot has confirmed that boss Rafa Benitez has given him assurances about his future at the club – despite the club signing the young Belgian goalkeeper Matz Sels this summer.

He told NewsTalk in Ireland, ahead of the club’s meeting with Bohemians:

"It was really frustrating because he’s a top manager - he’d obviously managed Real Madrid before he’s come to us. That says a lot about his calibre.

Newcastle's Rob Elliot celebrates at the end of the matchNewcastle's Rob Elliot celebrates at the end of the match

"I have to say, he’s been brilliant with me and he’s kept me involved loads. He brought me over here [for the friendly with Bohemians] with the group which is great for my confidence because I feel like I’m part of his plans when I come back.”

Elliot, who is a Republic of Ireland international, has reason to be concerned considering the amount of goalkeepers currently at the club.

Newcastle's Tim KrulNewcastle's Tim Krul

Newcastle have the likes of Sels, Elliot, Karl Darlow and the returning Tim Krul on their books – suggesting at least one of them is likely to be departing the club this summer.

Elliot however appears to be fairly convinced it will not be him after his conversation with Benitez.

Newcastle's Karl DarlowNewcastle's Karl Darlow

Krul, a long-serving member of the team, has been mooted as the potential departing stopper – although both he and Elliot are still recovering from knee problems.

Elliot stepped in last season after the injury to Krul and put in a string of fantastic performances for the club before suffering his serious injury on international duty.

When he recovers from his injury he will be hoping that there is a first-team place still up for grabs at St James’ Park.

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