Andy Carroll wants to stay as long as possible at Newcastle

Andy Carrol has put all talks concerning his future on hold as he focuses on playing his part to ensure that Newcastle United return to winning ways.

Andy Carroll, 30, is keen to rebuild his career with his home-town club after recovering from ankle surgery. He joined the Magpies on a 12-month pay-as-you-play deal with the hopes of convincing the club hierarchy to offer him a longer stay. Regardless, ahead of the game against Leicester City, he’s not focused on the future.

He said: “I want to stay as long as possible. I’m happy. I haven’t spoken to anybody about contracts and I won’t.

“I will just see how it goes.”

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Carroll is yet to score a goal since his return but his approach and aerial prowess have been an asset to the Steve Bruce led side. He will be hoping for a 13th appearance against Leicester who are currently managed by Brendan Rodgers. It can be recalled that Rodgers loaned Carroll from Liverpool to West Ham.

He said: “We definitely want to look to start the year in style. It has been another quick turn-around.

“Two defeats over the festive period, we now just have to bounce back. We just have to move on and think about the next game.”

Leicester have already beaten Newcastle twice this season, first on penalties in the Carabao Cup in Tyneside and a 5 nil bashing of the Magpies at the King Power in the Premier League a month later.

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