Rafael Benitez believes that Jamaal Lascelles will remain at Newcastle in the January transfer window despite interest from his former club Liverpool And Chelsea
“I saw the links about Jamaal, but I have been talking with him and with more people around him,” he told the Northern Echo.
“He’s happy, he’s OK and we think that he’s a good player for us, so I don’t see any big change in January around him, or anyone really.”
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was linked with an £18million move for Lascelles in October.
Benitez, however, doesn’t envisage anyone leaving St James’s Park in the January window apart from midfielder Cheick Tiote, who is in the final year of his contract.
With Newcastle challenging for promotion, Benitez believes his squad is committed to the challenge on Tyneside.
United could even strengthen next month if the right player is available at the right price.
“(With) the players that are playing a lot of games, with the team at the top and the possibilities of the future, I don’t see anyone who would like to go,” said Benitez.
“I could see maybe someone coming, but still our position is the same.
“Still we are happy with the squad at the monent.
“The players are fine and they are enjoying their football, so I don’t see a big problem now.”