Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lascelles: We All Want to Win and Get This Club Up Again

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lascelles: We All Want to Win and Get This Club Up Again

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Byline: LEE RYDER

THERE has been an upbeat feeling at Newcastle United's training ground ever since it was confirmed Rafa Benitez was staying on as manager this summer.

However, there was still one moment which anybody who loves the club will not want to see repeated any time soon.

Shortly after Moussa Sissoko had returned from his extended summer break, he had to be photographed wearing a Newcastle shirt for what would be the last time.

It was a routine media duty for TV graphic purposes which needed to be carried out in the event he did not get his big summer move.

Of course, the picture of a brooding and reluctant Sissoko ended up going viral but those who work passionately behind the scenes at United's Benton base will hope it never happens again.

Just days after Sissoko was sold to Tottenham Hotspur, Rafa Benitez sent out a clear statement when asked if the club were still offering players like the Frenchman - plus Gini Wijnaldum - the chance of a stepping stone to a bigger club.

It had been part of United's old blueprint and a selling point in the club's recruitment policy and went on for years.

Benitez killed off the arrangements in just a few words when he said: "We are not a stepping stone, we are Newcastle United.

"Every player should be honoured to wear the shirt of this club."

It is a message which also seems to have been heard loud and clear in the United dressing room.

Ahead of tonight's crunch game with Norwich City, skipper Jamaal Lascelles told the Chronicle: "We are proud to be here and I don't need to send that message out again because I am pretty sure the fans can see that.

"Every player - even those not playing - wants to be promoted.

"They have not come here just t o come t o Newcastle to move. Newcastle is a massive club with massive history and we know what we have to do to get back up.

"That is what we have come here to do. Rafa has brought in players who will help us.

"He will not bring in players who are good but have no workrate. …

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