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Newcastle News: Shelvey excited going to Man Utd; Darlow rejects Middlesbrough, Reading interest

Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is excited to be going to Old Trafford this weekend to face Manchester United.

Shelvey insists the Toon players are relishing the trip.

"As a footballer to go to grounds like that - and I include St James' Park in that - to play against the best players in the world, it's every kid's dream," Shelvey told nufc.co.uk.

The 25-year-old said he had faith in manager Rafa Benitez's ability to set the side up to be competitive against Jose Mourinho's team, who suffered a 1-0 defeat at Chelsea in their last league game before the international break.

"Rafa knows this league, he knows how to set teams up and how to get results and I'm sure that we'll go there and give a good account of ourselves, and hopefully come away with something," added Shelvey.

Meanwhile, Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow insists he wants to stay.

Darlow was linked with Middlesbrough and Reading over the summer, but he told the Evening Chronicle: “I want to play first-team football for this club in the Premier League and it's up to me to convince the manager I should be.

“Obviously there was a lot of speculation in the summer about whether I would be leaving or staying or whatever, but that's part and parcel of football - I know that.

“I'm mature enough just to get on with that, realise I'm here and that my job is to support the squad week in, week out in the Premier League, hope we get the right results and try to push for another chance."

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