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Rafael Benitez confirms long-serving Newcastle star Tim Krul could leave if teams are interested

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

Newcastle United are seemingly ready to part ways with goalkeeper Tim Krul.

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

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has told the Shields Gazette that goalkeeper Tim Krul could be sold before the end of the transfer window.

The Magpies picked up their first win of the Championship season this evening, as after defeats to Fulham and Huddersfield Town, Newcastle hammered Reading 4-1 at St. James' Park tonight.

Newcastle United's Tim KrulNewcastle United's Tim Krul

Newcastle may still be active in the transfer market despite signing a host of players, but some players may have to leave to balance the books.

Having signed Matz Sels from Gent earlier this summer, question marks have surrounded the future of shot stopper Tim Krul, given that the Magpies also have Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman as competition for the number one jersey this season.

Newcastle United manager Rafa BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

Krul, 28, signed for Newcastle from ADO Den Haag back in 2005, and has gone on to make almost 200 appearances during an 11-year association with the Magpies.

The Dutch international has been ruled out through injury since October though, having torn his anterior cruciate ligament during international duty for the Netherlands - and he may well have played his final game for the club.

Manager Benitez has told the Shields Gazette that Krul can leave this summer if Newcastle receive any interest in his signature, but he's happy to keep Krul on Tyneside as competition for places, almost two months since The Chronicle reported that Everton were keen on the goalkeeper.

Newcastle's Tim KrulNewcastle's Tim Krul

"He has one year left on his contract," said Benitez. "We have five keepers at the moment. He’s coming back after his injury, he’s training hard and he’s improving. We know that he’s a very good keeper. If he has to compete, he’s a very good goalkeeper, so it won’t be too hard. But we have Elliot in the same situation. We have Sels now, we have Darlow and we have Woodman. So we can’t keep five keepers for the whole season."

"He’s getting fitter, but it depends on if anyone is interested. If they are, then we will listen to them, but just for the moment it’s just to keep the keepers because we couldn’t make the same mistake as last season when we had just one single goalkeeper and after we had a problem. We knew that he was getting fitter, but we didn’t know when, so we needed to bring a keeper (Sels) in and protect them," he added.

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