By Russell Edge

15th Nov, 2017 | 4:20pm

Axed Newcastle star makes surprise revelation over exit talks with Benitez

By Russell Edge

Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow has revealed that he has not held any conversations with manager Rafael Benitez over his future in the first team squad or at the club in general since the start of the season.

The former Nottingham Forest shot stopper, who arrived at Newcastle in 2015 after spending a season on loan at his old club, was the Magpies’ first choice between the sticks in the Championship last season as they made a successful return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

However, he was axed from the starting XI for the final matches of the season in place of Rob Elliot, who returned from a serious injury layoff, and since then it has been the Republic of Ireland international who has been named between the sticks by boss Benitez.

Despite rumours of his departure over the summer, Darlow stayed with the Magpies and has surprisingly revealed he has not held discussions about his squad status or his future at the club with Benitez since the start of the new season.

He told the Chronicle: “Since pre-season we haven’t really spoken about it. All I can do is to keep working hard on the training ground.

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“Obviously there was a lot of speculation in the summer about whether I would be leaving or staying.

“I want to play first-team football for this club in the Premier League and it’s up to me to convince the manager I should be.

“My job is to support the squad week in, week out in the Premier League, hope we get the right results and try to push for another chance.”

Darlow has 47 Newcastle appearances under his belt so far, but just one of those has come this season, in the 3-2 League Cup defeat to his former side Nottingham Forest, while he has appeared on the bench eight times in the league.

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