Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden has been pushing for a move away from St. James’ Park.
Hayden has been pushing to leave Newcastle for personal reasons for a long time now.
The central midfielder wanted to go last summer, but was kept around, and he has now stated again that his intention is to leave Newcastle in the coming weeks.
However, Benitez insists that he has been talking to Hayden about his future – and exiting St. James’ Park won’t be as simple as the midfielder hopes.
He said: “I have been talking to him [about future]. I told him that in the end, if you have a contract, you have to see what happens and think about what you would like to do, whether it is this or that.
“I understand that Isaac has his personal issues. That is fine but, at the same time, we have to find the balance which is good for him, but also for the club.
“He’s a person that obviously has his own issues with his family that we know about. But football’s not so simple; it’s not a normal job.
“There are a lot of things you have to analyse. We will try to do the best for him and the best for us.”
The midfielder’s form towards the back end of the season has been very strong, and Newcastle feel that they can realistically bring in a sizeable fee for him now.
Hayden is keen to move towards London, but Newcastle are yet to receive an offer for him.