Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend has hinted that he might be staying at the club and play in the Championship next season, as reported by the Chronicle.
The Magpies suffered relegation for the second time in seven seasons, after a dismal campaign under former manager Steve McClaren, who was sacked just after 28 league games in charge.
He was replaced by ex-Real Madrid and Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, who managed to pull off some great results at the back end of the season, but it was not enough to save the Toon Army from dropping into the second tier of English football.
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The Spaniard had a clause in his contract that allowed him to leave the club if he could not save them. But in a surprise turn of events, the former Champions League winner has decided to stay at the club next season - to much relief of the supporters.
Townsend, who joined the club from Tottenham in January, won the fans over with his impressive performances for the club in such a short space of time and cemented his place in the starting eleven under Benitez - earning him a spot in England’s preliminary 26-member squad for Euro 2016.
The Leytonstone-born winger was linked with a move away from St. James’ Park following the drop, but since news of Benitez staying at the club broke, the 24-year-old has been re-considering his options and now it looks likely he will remain with the Magpies for at least another year.
Townsend's modest £13 million release clause could still tempt clubs from the Premier League into making an offer as the summer progresses.
The former Spurs man has so far represented the Toon Army in 13 league matches and has already scored four goals for the club, including a stunning free-kick against Crystal Palace.