By Coral Barry
Newcastle have told Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan that they are free to leave the club, according to a report.
The Frenchmen have been consistently out of favour at St James’ Park whether it be under current manager Rafael Benitez or previous coaches and the Magpies have reportedly finally decided to cut their losses on the pair.
Marveauz had made just 57 appearances for Newcastle in five years at the club and Obertan’s record is not much better, with 77 appearances in the same period.
The Newcastle Chronicle claim that the club has released Obertan and Marveaux and informed them they are free to seek other clubs despite their current contract running until June.
The Magpies are locked in a relegation fight and have reportedly moved to cut loose some of the dead-weight from their squad as they look to focus all their efforts on preserving their Premier League status.
The Chronicle report that Marveaux in particular has disappointed the club after been given multiple chances to revive his Newcastle career over the last three years.
Alan Pardew, who initially brought the winger to Newcastle, is thought to have lost patience with Marveaux despite branding his much-anticipated arrival in 2011 as a real ‘coup’ for the club.
Marveaux failed to nail down a regular place under Pardew and was sent out on loan to Guingamp last season in the Englishman’s last year as Newcastle boss.
The winger quickly got himself into trouble after he was caught on camera slamming his manager and claiming he had been ‘blacklisted’ by Pardew.
Two fresh starts in the matter of a few months under Steve McClaren and then Rafael Benitez has failed to inspire the winger to rejuvenate his career at Newcastle and he leaves the club without a single senior appearance this season.
The club have yet to confirm the departures of Obertan or Marveaux.
In other Newcastle news, the Magpies are preparing a summer swoop for an Arsenal player.