Report: Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez does u-turn over Ciaran Clark's future

Rafael Benítez the head coach

Ciaran Clark looked set to leave St. James' Park, but it seems that he will stay at Newcastle United now.

Newcastle player Ciaran Clark in action as referee Lee Probert looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on September 15, 2018 in...

According to the Chronicle, Newcastle United are now ‘highly unlikely’ to sell Ciaran Clark this month.

The Chronicle had suggested that Rafael Benitez would be open to listening to offers for the Newcastle centre-back in November.

 

However, the Spanish boss appears to have had a change of heart after Clark has put in a number of credible performances for the Magpies in recent times.

Clark has been called into Newcastle’s defence on a number of occasions of late, and the 29-year-old has been solid.

Ciaran Clark of Newcastle United (2) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal with Salomon Rondon (9) during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Newcastle United at Turf...

Newcastle have suffered badly with injuries, but Clark has proven to be a very valuable squad player.

Benitez is now keen to keep hold of the Republic of Ireland international and it seems that he will stay at St. James’ Park until the end of the season, at the very least.

Newcastle have not been able to make the additions they wanted so far in January, so retaining his current squad has now become Benitez’s priority this month.

Ciaran Clark of Newcastle United (02) scores Newcastle's second  goal during the Premier League Match between Burnley FC and Newcastle United at Turf Moor on November 26, 2018, in Burnley,...

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