Newcastle senior player will not play for club again after bust-up - report
By Abigail Withey
Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback is set to leave Newcastle United before the end of the transfer window, according to a recent report.
The Daily Mail has revealed that the 27-year-old will not play for the Magpies again after the midfielder had an argument with boss Rafa Benitez at the club’s training ground.
The newspaper claims that the pair fell out after the defensive midfielder refused to return to training with the rest of his team mates.
It is said that the former Sunderland player was training away from the senior squad but was asked to join in by Benitez when another player picked up a knock.
The report states that the Toon boss has now banished Colback from the first-team set-up and, on Friday, ordered him to train alone.
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According to the Mail, the Tyneside club have already started offering the midfielder to other clubs.
Colback moved to St, James’ Park from Sunderland on a free transfer in 2014 and has since made 102 appearances for the club, where he scored five goals and provided 10 assists.
Football Insider verdict
Colback appears to have crossed the line with Benitez over the past few days, and although the argument will cost the 27-year-old’s career greatly, it could be a positive for the Magpies. Skipper Jamaal Lascelles has recently spoke out about the positive attitude of the squad ahead of their return to the Premier League, and having a troublesome member of the team like Colback could spell a problem for the Toons in their 2017/18 campaign. Benitez has shown that he will not put up with argumentative players and has been ruthless in his approach. His decision to banish the midfielder could have been a build up of frustration surrounding his club’s inactivity in the transfer window.
In other Newcastle news, the Magpies have held talks with this Premier League defender.