Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has reportedly held emergency talks with manager Rafa Benitez as he continues to be overlooked for first-team selection, according to a report published by The Sun. (16 April, page 59)

The 27-year-old appears to have slipped down the pecking order at St James Park as he has not started a League game since November last year.

Shelvey, who arrived at the Magpies from Swansea City in 2016, has been a key part of the club’s first team during recent years.

During the 2016-17 campaign, he made 47 appearances in all competitions to help Newcastle win promotion to the Premier League after they were relegated the previous season.

He was also a key component of the Magpies first-team last season as he went on to make 32 appearances in all competitions.

Due to his solid displays last term, Newcastle midfielder Shelvey was even touted to possibly be part of the 23-man England World Cup squad though Gareth Southgate ended up overlooking him in the end.

The report added that Shelvey met with Magpies boss Benitez prior to the club’s 1-0 win over Leicester City last week, wanting to know why he is continuously being left out of the starting xi.

The report claimed that the Newcastle player was informed by his manager that he was not being selected at this point in time as he lacks a high level of fitness.

Shelvey has been linked with a move to West Ham United. He is capable of playing at the highest level for many years to come and the Tyneside club will not be short of offers if they make him available.

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