Isaac Hayden speaks on his Newcastle United career and Rafael Benitez

Isaac Hayden has acknowledged that he will be heading through the exit door at Newcastle United when his contract expires next month. The former Arsenal graduate had been keen on parting ways with the Magpies as early as January but he was made to delay the decision to leave on a free transfer when the season concludes.

Speaking to reporters, Hayden said that he has been holding positive talks with a number of clubs but has yet to decide on his next move, he told: β€œIt’s the same as always. We will see what happens in the summer but I have had plenty of talks with the clubs in the last couple of weeks. The signs have been very positive. I’ll see what happens.”

Meanwhile, when pressed on the future of manager Rafael Benitez, Hayden suggested that the club must do their utmost to convince the Spaniard to pen a new contract, he added: β€œI think it’s a big situation for everyone. I don’t think the club will do anything without the manager’s say so. Especially if he stays. He has been very receptive and honest with me and I can’t thank him enough for the season I’ve had. He has been understanding of the situation.”

Hayden struggled for regular gametime during the opening half of the Premier League season where he made just three starts. However, the ex-Gunners ace managed to change his fortunes during the backend where he was ever-present and helped the club beat the Premier League drop by a comfortable margin in the end.

Despite this, he appears keen on pursuing a fresh challenge elsewhere and the next few weeks could give an indication regarding his next move. Both West Ham United and Everton have already been linked with the 24-year-old but neither have yet to make a formal approach, considering Hayden remains contracted to the Magpies for the moment.