Chancel Mbemba thanks Newcastle United fans

Newcastle United take on Aston Villa this weekend.

Newcastle United defender Chancel Mbemba has thanked the club’s 'absolutely amazing' fans, to the club’s official website.

The Magpies are currently battling against relegation as they sit 17th in the table, but they are just a point ahead of Sunderland behind them.

Last weekend saw them climb out of the relegation zone as they beat Crystal Palace to move above the Black Cats in the table.

That result was their latest in a late turnaround under Rafa Benitez, who has boosted their survival hopes since replacing Steve McClaren in March.

As always, they have been strongly supported by the Magpies faithful, and Mbemba says their support gives the squad that extra motivation.

"It's absolutely amazing, really touching, and I want to thank the fans very much for their support," he told

“When you are out there working hard, it is an added motivation. [It] makes you work even harder. You don't want to give up on those brilliant fans."

Newcastle will be hoping they can provide their fans with something to cheer as they take on Aston Villa this weekend.

The Magpies need to win all of their remaining games to try and ensure they avoid the drop, starting with the trip to Villa Park.

Many would believe that game is a certain win, but the Villans have improved in recent weeks and it would be foolish for Newcastle to take their opponents lightly.

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