By Russell Edge
Newcastle duo Vurnon Anita and Yoan Gouffran have been told by boss Rafael Benitez to forget about their immediate future until talks with owner Mike Ashley have taken place.
The pair are out of contract at St James’ Park this summer but have been told they will have to wait and see if they’ve got a place in the Premier League next season.
Both have proven to be key members of Benitez’s promotion-winning side this season, with their versatility playing a pivotal role in their inclusion in the side.
Anita has been deployed as both a midfielder and a full-back for Newcastle this season, while Gouffran has seen himself played out wide or up top as a striker.
The Chronicle quoted Benitez as saying: “I told them the other day: ‘Forget about your future, short term’.
“‘We will talk about what’s going on and then you will know after the meeting because before the meeting I can say nothing’.”
Benitez’s meeting with owner Mike Ashley come following the club’s promotion, with the Spanish boss keen to get an idea of his transfer budget, as well as iron out other issues regarding the football club.
However, he insists remaining tight lipped on issues prior to the meeting is crucial, as he looks to avoid distracting players ahead of what could prove to be a title-winning clash with Barnsley on Sunday.
“If we have a meeting and we talk about this or that, then it has an influence on players,” Benitez told the Chronicle.
“We have to play this game, and then next week I will meet the owner.”
In other Newcastle news, former manager and Brighton boss Chris Hughton has had his say on the title race.