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Rafa Benitez praises Newcastle United duo Jonjo Shelvey and Salomon Rondon

Rafael Benitez, manager of Newcastle United, looks on prior to the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Newcastle United at Craven Cottage on May 12, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Newcastle United ended their Premier League campaign by beating already-relegated Fulham on Sunday.

Jonjo Shelvey of Newcastle United in action during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Newcastle United at Craven Cottage on May 12, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Rafa Benitez lauded Newcastle United duo Jonjo Shelvey and Salomon Rondon after they helped their side beat Fulham 4-0 on the last day of the Premier League season.

Midfielder Shelvey has had to play a bit-part role for large parts of the season and Benitez admitted that 'it's been difficult' for him, but he praised him for his 'patience' and performance at Craven Cottage on Sunday. 

Added with that, Benitez also stated that 'everyone can see' the qualities of West Bromwich Albion loanee Salomon Rondon, who has struck 11 league goals for the club this term [transfermarkt]

 

With the 2018/19 season now at a close, Rondon is set to return to his parent club, who are, at this moment in time, vying to earn promotion to England's top-flight.

Nonetheless, after that comprehensive three points and the clean sheet against Scott Parker's already-relegated side, Benitez offered his thoughts on Shelvey and Rondon. 

On Shelvey: "It’s true that it’s been difficult," said Benitez, as quoted by The Chronicle. "He’s someone that loves football, that wants to play every game... at the end (of the season), he was patient, working hard. Today, I’m really pleased because he scored a good goal and played a good game.

Salomon Rondon of Newcastle United celebrates scoring his sides fourth goal during the Premier League match between Fulham and Newcastle United at Craven Cottage, London on Sunday 12th May...

On Rondon: "I said before he scored ten goals as his best in the Premier League and today he scored another one. He has been a very good player for us. It is something that everyone can see."

It remains to be seen whether Shelvey or Rondon will be at the club next term. Given Shelvey's lack of minutes on the pitch this term, it won't be surprising to see him part ways with the North East outfit. 

As for Rondon, given the impact he has had on the club, there is no doubt that the Toon Army supporters would love to see him make a return to St James' Park. 

Rafael Benitez, manager of Newcastle United, applauds the fans after the match during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Newcastle United at Craven Cottage on May 12, 2019 in...

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