Newcastle United's Dwight Gayle's Instagram message could be made for Rafael Benitez

Matt Ritchie is seen during a training session prior to the International Friendly match between Scotland and Costa Rica at  Orium Sports Centr on March 19, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie has been linked with a move away from St. James' Park to Stoke City recently.

Dwight Gayle of Newcastle in action  during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on August 13, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle may just have sent a coded message to Rafael Benitez on his Instagram story.

Newcastle were involved in a friendly against St. Pats last night, but Matt Ritchie has never been one to take it easy.

The wide-man squared up to a St. Pats player, and Gayle was quick to call him a leader.

The £10m striker (Guardian) also captioned the picture, saying: “This is the sort of determination we need this season”.

Gayle’s message may just be a hint to Benitez that he should not sell Ritchie.

Matt Ritchie of Newcastle in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St. James Park on March 10, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Newcastle are said to be considering offloading the Scottish international by Sky Sports, with Stoke City interested buyers.

Newcastle are in a position where they must sell before buying, and Ritchie could be one of the players Benitez choses to allow to leave St. James’ Park.

Ritchie has been a key player at Newcastle ever since he arrived back in 2016, and selling him would be a major gamble for Benitez to take.

Matt Ritchie of Newcastle in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St. James Park on March 10, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

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