Rafael Benitez insists Mohamed Diame is ready to play for Newcastle United

Newcastle payer Mohamed Diame in action during the Premier League match between Burnley and Newcastle United at Turf Moor on October 30, 2017 in Burnley, England.

Rafael Benitez's Newcastle United are due to take on Leicester City later this evening.

Rafael Benítez the head coach

Rafael Benitez has told the Chronicle that Mohamed Diame is ready to play for Newcastle United tonight.

Diame has been linked with a move away from Newcastle, as his contract comes to an end.

The powerful midfielder could become a free agent in the summer, as he is yet to pen fresh terms at St. James’ Park.

 

But, despite the mounting speculation, Benitez has suggested that the Senegalese international is still ready to start for Newcastle.

"He is fine in terms of training. In terms of other things, he is available and that it's. He can play, it's not an issue," Benitez said, of the £45,000-a-week midfielder (Sportac).

Newcastle player Mo Diame in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St James' Park on December 27, 2017 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.

Diame has been a key member of Benitez’s Newcastle side this season, and he looks set to continue to be involved until the end of the campaign.

Newcastle need their experienced heads to step up, as they look to collect enough points to move clear of the drop zone.

Newcastle are in no immediate danger of relegation, but they do need one more win before they can feel totally safe.

Benitez’s men are next in action later this evening, when they take on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

Mohammed Diame of Newcastle in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on September 15, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

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