DAN Gosling is set for more crunch talks to save his Newcastle United future – but expects to leave the club this summer.
The 23-year-old midfielder has been tipped to go out on loan as he enters the final year of his Newcastle deal.
However, no decision has yet been made, and Gosling’s future will become more clear over the next “four or five days”, according to the player’s agent, David Hodgson.
“I have spoken to Newcastle and everything is technically up in the air,” he said.
“There should be a decision made in the next four or five days.
“Newcastle United have to give the go-ahead on where they would like Dan to go.”
Gosling was set for a January move to Aston Villa earlier this year before another knee injury scuppered the transfer.
Hodgson expects his client to leave Tyneside – at least temporarily – this summer as he searches for first-team football, although he does not expect the Midlands club to come back in for him.
“I think what he needs to do is play football,” he continued. “He knows he has got to win everyone over.
“He needs to play at the beginning of the season in somebody’s starting line-up.
“Is that going to be at Newcastle? I don’t think so at the moment.
“He has a mountain to climb but he is not giving up.
“He doesn’t want to leave. He has loved every single minute of it (at Newcastle).
“Dan is only going to have a long-term future there if he is given the chance to perform every week.
“Villa’s interest came and went and it won’t be in Newcastle’s best interests to loan him to a club in the same league.
“The relationship with the club is fantastic, although a footballer’s relationship with his club is always better when he is playing every week.
“He has never knocked on anybody’s door saying he wants to leave.
“He has worked and worked and worked, and if you asked anyone at the club, I am sure they would say that.”
Gosling has had a torrid time with injuries since joining United in 2010 from Everton.
The midfielder was sidelined by a cruciate knee injury for most of his first season on Tyneside, and several more setbacks over the last two years have proved crucial.
That, coupled with the regular changes at Newcastle over recent seasons, has left Gosling with “a mountain to climb”, according to Hodgson – though he is confident the England under-21 international will recapture the form that made him one of the most highly-rated youngsters in the country.
Hodgson added: “He arrived with a cruciate so it was amazing that Newcastle showed the commitment to him – although there were other clubs interested.
“He missed the first year of his four-year deal through injury.
“Then the manager who signed him (Chris Hughton) left.
“In came Alan (Pardew) and he had to find the right formula for him so he signed new players.
“Dan has had his moments but it is just a continuous mountain he is climbing.
“He will get back to the level he was at.”