By Coral Barry

Jonjo Shelvey’s contract has no release clause should Newcastle slip down into the Championship at the end of the season, according to a report.

The midfielder was recruited from Swansea in January for £12million in an attempt to maintain Newcastle’s top-flight status and it is now being claimed that the Englishman will stay at St James’ Park should the decline end with a place in the Championship.

A report in the Sun on Sunday claimed that Shelvey’s contract offers no escape route if the Magpies go down.

However the newspaper also reports that Shelvey is determined to stay on at Newcastle regardless of their Premier League fate at the end of the campaign and has told his club teammates he will not be going anywhere in the summer.

Newcastle have six league games left to save their top flight credentials, but have suffered back-to-back defeats to Norwich and Southampton in recent weeks and have been unable to gain any momentum under new manager Rafael Benitez.

Rafael Benitez

Mission impossible: Benitez has started his reign with three defeats and a draw in the league

Benitez took over from the sacked Steve McClaren in March but has collected just one point in four league games.

The results leave Newcastle six points from safety and the Sun claim that the club’s hierarchy would be willing to do a deal with Shelvey if he wanted to leave.

Shelvey has reportedly rejected that offer and is committed to honouring the five-year-deal he signed in January.

In other Newcastle news, a report has claimed that the Magpies are already looking for a replacement for Benitez.