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Lascelles focused on Newcastle amid transfer speculation

during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St. James Park on April 15, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
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Newcastle centre-back Jamaal Lascelles has insisted he is only focusing on Newcastle after reported interest from West Ham for his services.

Newcastle has already rejected two bids from the Hammers for Lascelles, who made 33 appearances for the Toon Army last season, contributing 3 goals in the process.

 

The English defender was a key part of manager Rafael Benitez side which managed to comfortably avoid relegation in the clubs first season back in the top flight.

“I’m just concentrating on playing football, on playing for Newcastle,” Lascelles said, as reported by Sky Sports.

“Get this pre-season out of the way and starting the first game of the season against Tottenham hopefully flying.”

The 24-year-old went on to credit Benitez for his impact on the team and on him personally as a player during his spell on Tyneside.

He continued: “When I came here the first season it was quite frustrating, in and out of the team and on the bench for most of it, but again the minute the manager (Benitez) came in he’s been fantastic for me and he’s been fantastic for the club and the city and everyone as a whole,”

“I definitely think he’s had a huge impact on my development as a player and as a man and I definitely feel like I’m still growing and I want to give 100 per cent next season like I did last season.”