Report: Rafael Benitez makes decision over Jacob Murphy's future at Newcastle United

Newcastle player Jacob Murphy in action during the Premier League match between Burnley and Newcastle United at Turf Moor on October 30, 2017 in Burnley, England.

Newcastle United decided to loan out Jacob Murphy last season, but Rafael Benitez remains a big fan.

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According to the Chronicle, Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez wants to keep Jacob Murphy.

Benitez is a big fan of Murphy and is still convinced that the winger can have an impact at St. James’ Park.

 

Newcastle loaned Murphy out in January, but his spell at West Bromwich Albion was not particularly remarkable.

However, Benitez still has faith that the £10 million winger (Chronicle) can come good and if the Spaniard remains in charge next season he plans on keeping Murphy around.

The news should be a boost to Murphy, who is now fighting to save his Newcastle career.

Jacob Murphy of Newcastle in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on December 16, 2017 in London, England.

However, it is not yet certain that Benitez will stick around on Tyneside.

The popular manager is currently in talks with Mike Ashley, as they look to agree on terms to extend his current stay at Newcastle.

Benitez’s contract is due to expire in the coming weeks, but Newcastle are keen to keep him at St. James’ Park.

Jacob Murphy of Newcastle United looks on during the Pre-season friendly match between FC Porto and Newcastle at Estadio do Dragao on July 28, 2018 in Porto, Portugal.

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