Report: Gouffran does not want Newcastle exit

Newcastle United's Yoan Gouffran

One Frenchman wants to remain at Newcastle United, or so it seems.

Newcastle United's Yoan Gouffran

The Shields Gazette have reported that Yoan Gouffran does not want to leave Newcastle United this month.

The report claims that manager Rafael Benitez is keen to trim his squad in order to make way for new additions, with 21 days left in the summer transfer window.

It remains to be seen whether Benitez wants Gouffran - signed by Alan Pardew in 2013 - in his squad for what promises to be an arduous Championship campaign.

Newcastle's Yoan Gouffran dejected

But the Gazette reports that the 30-year-old midfielder - who managed six Premier League outings last season, all of which came before Benitez's arrival in March - is keen to stay on Tyneside.

His playing prospects does not look overly promising, but the Frenchman did score for Newcastle in a pre-season friendly last month, yet did not make Benitez's squad for Friday's 1-0 defeat by Fulham in London.

Gouffran has one year to go on his Newcastle contract, though he may be happy enough to stay and pick up his wages for another season and then look to rebuild his shattered career next summer instead.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conferenceNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

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