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Newcastle boss Carver: No board pressure over Jonas selection

Newcastle United boss John Carver insists he's under no pressure to freeze out Jonas Gutierrez.

Carver says he does not know the contractual clause that would guarantee a new deal, and says he will pick his team on merit.

"I've got to be honest, I genuinely don't know about anybody's contracts," Carver said when asked about Gutierrez's contract clause.

"There's the Haris Vuckic situation. I had to ask Lee the question, as I genuinely don't know about his contract. All I've been doing is working on the team and trying to put the best 11 players on the pitch that I can.

"I'm unaware of it (the clause) but I will be picking the team between now and the end of the season with that not in my mind, because I don't know what people earn and what their contracts are.

"I pick a team on what I think will be the best team on the pitch. Sometimes you can get distracted. I don't know anybody's salaries - nothing. I like it that way as I make my judgement on the week at the training ground."

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