Date: 26th June 2019 at 6:01pm
Written by: Tony O'Connell

Loads of Newcastle supporters have been reacting on social media, after The Sun reported that five Toon stars are considering their United futures after the club announced Rafa Benitez’s exit.

The Magpies hierarchy are currently drawing up their shortlist of managers who they could approach in the coming days, after David Moyes, Claudio Ranieri, Giovanni Van Bronckhorst and Laurent Blanc all threw their hats into the ring in a bid to be our next head coach.

Managing Director Lee Charnley is hopeful that the new boss can be installed before pre-season training commences next week, while The Sun understand Pep Guardiola’s number two at Manchester City Mikel Arteta is under consideration and Sean Dyche has his admirers but would be expensive to prise away from Burnley.

The daily newspaper also adds that the Spaniard or Clarets boss could inherit a depleted squad, as a number of first-team stars are questioning whether they want to stay at St James’ Park any longer.

This includes last season’s leading goalscorer Ayoze Perez, who has been heavily linked with multiple potential destinations already this summer.

While reports in Italy suggested he would be open to a move to the Serie A but was close to joining Tottenham Hotspur, and reports in England backed him to join Arsenal, Spanish publications have recently quoted the 25-year-old speaking favourably about joining Valencia.

Arsenal product Isaac Hayden has also spoke about his desires to leave Tyneside this summer for personal reasons, but Benitez made it clear he would only be allowed to leave if we received a suitable offer and could adequately replace him.

Defender Federico Fernandez is also now open to offers after criticising the club’s handling of Benitez’s exit, while Fabian Schar is thought to be a sought-after target that is willing to listen to an approach just a year after joining us.

First-choice goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is another player who could be heading for the St James’ exit door in the coming weeks, with the 30-year-old no longer assured in himself that his future lies on Tyneside.

Here’s what these Newcastle fans have had to say on the reports of Perez, Hayden, Fernandez, Schar and Dubravka questioning their Magpies futures…

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