By Coral Barry
Paul Dummett has hinted he is set to stay at Newcastle despite being linked with a move back into the Premier League.
The Newcastle defender has reportedly been attracting the attentions of Stoke, West Brom and Crystal Palace, but Dummett has suggested he wants to remain at St James’ Park now that Rafael Benitez is staying.
The club announced that their Spanish manager would remain at the helm despite Newcastle’s relegation into the Championship and Dummett says he is looking forward to continuing to learn from the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss.
“It’s a massive boost for us to have a manager like him to be in charge,” said Dummett as quoted by the Chronicle. “The experience he has can only be a massive help for everyone at Newcastle and for me getting better as a player learning from his experience.”
The 24-year-old was the team’s regular left-back during the recently completed domestic campaign.
Benitez has made a noticeable impact on the Newcastle side since his March arrival, steering the club to a six-match unbeaten run at the end of the campaign.
It was expected that Benitez would move on after relegation was confirmed, but he has opted to stay after being assured full control of the club and transfers.