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Speaking on his YouTube channel, Rio Ferdinand has been discussing Newcastle United after their recent takeover.

The Magpies have new owners, an inevitably, that has brought about a number of transfer rumours linking them to some of the biggest names in world football.

However, Ferdinand believes that there are a few players at the club right now that the Tyneside outfit have to endeavour to keep, stating that he wants Newcastle to build around a core of English players.

Your Club’s Player Who Newcastle ‘WILL SIGN’

Your Club’s Player Who Newcastle ‘WILL SIGN’

What’s been said?

Ferdinand named four players Newcastle should keep hold of despite the takeover.

“You know what they have as well, I was looking at the list of their players. They have a core of English players who they have to keep for now as well. They’ll do a lot of shuffling of the pack, but they have like Jacob Murphy who is there, Longstaff who is there, a local kid, have to keep him around. Wilson and Joe Willock who they have just bought as well, there’s four just for starters,” Ferdinand said.

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Will do a job

Newcastle United may be looking towards winning the Champions League in a few years’ time and signing some of the biggest names in the world, but let’s not forget, right now, they are in a relegation battle.

The first port of call for these new owners is to stay up this season, and as Ferdinand says there are a number of players they’ve got who will help them towards that goal right now.

Murphy, Longstaff, Wilson and Willock will undoubtedly have key roles to play for the remainder of the season, beyond that? Who knows? Perhaps they’ll be replaced with Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Kylian Mbappe and Kevin de Bruyne, anything can happen when you have owners this rich.

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