Jonjo Shelvey is said to be keen to remain at Newcastle, even if the club are relegated from the Premier League.
The Magpies are languishing in 19th place following Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Southampton, with Rafael Benitez’s arrival so far unable to ignite a push for survival.
Shelvey moved to Tyneside from Swansea for £12million in January and has captained the side in the absence of skipper Fabricio Coloccini.
Unlike Benitez, Shelvey is not thought to have any relegation clauses and The Sun adds that the midfielder has told “club pals” that he wants to stay at St James’ Park.
The former Liverpool and Charlton star signed a five-year deal in January, with fellow winter recruit Andros Townsend also understood to have a contract that contains no penalties in the event of relegation.