Toon winger to stay put

Andros Townsend’s father says the winger is looking forward to many more seasons at Newcastle amid growing transfer speculation.

Newcastle: Toon winger to stay putNewcastle: Toon winger to stay put

The 24-year-old, who was named in England’s preliminary squad for Euro 2016 on Monday, has enjoyed a productive spell at St James’ Park since he made the move from Tottenham in January.

Despite Townsend’s good form, Newcastle will be playing Championship football next season and are expected to lose several members of their squad over the summer.

Townsend is believed to be one player in high demand with West Ham being strongly linked with a move but his father Troy claims that his son will likely remain in the north-east for next season.

When asked if he could leave in the summer, he told the BBC: “Newcastle could rise quickly and Andros looks forward to many more seasons with them.”

Meanwhile, Townsend has called on Newcastle to retain the services of current boss Rafael Benitez, believing he is the right man to get the club back in the Premier League.

“It would be massive for Newcastle to keep Rafa as manager,” said Townsend.

“HeÂ’s one of the best managers in the world. If we can keep a manager of that calibre, and keep doing the right things, we will build.”

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