Newcastle United's Matz Sels
Newcastle goalkeeper Matz Sels has told Het Nieuwsblad in his native Belgium that he could see talks over his future this summer.
After making more than 100 appearances for Gent following a January 2014 move from Lierse, Newcastle swooped to land Sels on a five-year deal, paying a £5million fee (BBC Sport).
Sels arrived to challenge Karl Darlow for a place in the Newcastle side, and having been Rafael Benitez's first signing for the Magpies, it was no surprise that he started the campaign as their first-choice goalkeeper.
The Belgian international, 24, started Newcastle's first nine league games of the season, but was dropped after a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa in favour of Darlow – and hasn't won his place back other than in cup games.
With Tim Krul still owned by Newcastle and Rob Elliot working his way back from injury, there are no guarantees that Sels will get his place back in the near future, and he would surely be relying on an injury to Darlow to play again this season.
Now, Sels has spoken to Het Nieuwsblad about this situation, admitting that he hasn't been able to enjoy the same success that he enjoyed with former club Gent.
Newcastle United's Matz Sels looks dejected
Sels also revealed that he may have to demand talks over his future with Newcastle if he continues to sit on the sidelines, but ruled out a return to Belgium.
Instead, the goalkeeper suggested that he would like a loan move to another English club, allowing him to play without moving away from England, before returning to Newcastle.
“I have not been able to build up the credit here that I had at Gent,” said Sels. “If the situation stays the same, I will talk to Newcastle in the summer about a solution. Never say ‘never’, but a return to Belgium, certainly not next season.”
“Maybe a loan (next season) to another English club and then in time I can still return to Newcastle,” he added.
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