Report: Newcastle United tell Chancel Mbemba not to return to training

Newcastle player Chancel Mbemba in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St. James Park on September 16, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Newcastle United are keen to offload Chancel Mbemba, with Rafael Benitez aiming to raise funds.

Newcastle player Chancel Mbemba in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St. James Park on September 16, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

According to the Northern Echo, Chancel Mbemba has been told not to return to Newcastle United training.

Newcastle are keen to offload Mbemba this summer, with Porto looking like the most likely buyers.

The Portuguese club are keen to take the centre-back, but are yet to make an offer that Newcastle feel is acceptable.

Chancel Mbemba of Newcastle United celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Barnsley at St James' Park on May 7, 2017 in...

Rafael Benitez is looking to sell Mbemba to make room for his own additions, and it seems that he is not prepared to give the Congolese international a chance to force his way back into the team.

The powerful defender has been told to stay at home, while the rest of the Newcastle team are on tour during pre-season.

Chancel Mbemba of Newcastle United celebrates scoring his sides second goal with his Newcastle United team mates during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Barnsley...

The Magpies are yet to make any defensive recruits this summer, but they have signed Martin Dubravka and Ki Sung-Yeung, and Kenedy is expected to follow.

Mbemba, who is on a £30,000-a-week contract (Daily Star), has been with Newcastle since 2015, but it seems that he will almost certainly be heading for the exit door this summer.

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