Shelvey, now 28, has extended his deal at Newcastle to remain on Tyneside until 2023 to end speculation he will end his top-flight career in his native capital.
"He's absolutely brilliant in that central position.
"The way he dictates the game and his range of passing is the best in the Premier League.
"I played with him for England.
"I am so fortunate to play with him again now at Newcastle.
"For me, he is absolutely brilliant."