Newcastle may not be certain of which division they will be playing in next season, but they have already begun their summer clearout.
The Magpies have made it clear that French duo Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux have no future at the club, regardless of whether they go down or not, as the pair have been released from their contracts by mutual consent.
Frustration for Frenchmen
Both were out of contract at the end of the season anyway, but Newcastle have now confirmed that they will play no part in their final two games against Aston Villa and Tottenham.
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Neither have made a big impact at St James' Park, but the manner of their departure is disappointing given the high hopes the club had for them upon their arrival.
Obertan was signed from Manchester United five years ago, but has not been a regular in the first team for a long time. This season, in fact, he has not made an appearance since September, and he has made just 77 in total throughout his time there.
Marveaux, meanwhile, has seen his time on Tyneside plagued by injuries. He has a similar ratio of appearances, featuring 57 times in almost five years.
Newcastle have given themselves a fighting chance of survival following a remarkable turnaround since Rafael Benitez' arrival, which has included draws with Manchester City and Liverpool and victories over Swansea City and Crystal Palace.
It is unclear whether Benitez will be at the club next season - he has refused to rule out the possibility - and indeed it is unclear whether he has had any say in the futures of Obertan and Marveaux.
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