Newcastle United players enjoy warm-weather training in Saudi Arabia - in pictures

Magpies are in Jeddah during the Premier League winter break and take on Saudi Pro League leaders Al Ittihad in a friendly on Friday

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Premier League side Newcastle United are coming to the end of their six-day winter break training camp in Saudi Arabia.

Like many English clubs and players, Newcastle have headed for warmer shores as the top-flight takes a breather until February 5.

Manchester United players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Diogo Dalot have all been spotted in Dubai, while Liverpool trio James Milner, Andy Robertson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were also in the UAE taking part in the Dubai Desert Classic pro-am.

Newcastle, who were bought out by a Saudi-backed consortium last October, have headed over to Jeddah for their spell in the sunshine, in a trip manager Eddie Howe said would “benefit of the players in our fight to stay in the division".

In their last match, the Magpies won for only the second time this season when they defeated Leeds United 1-0 at Elland Road thanks to Jonjo Shelvey's second-half free-kick. They currently sit third bottom of the table, one point behind 17th-placed Norwich City but have a game in hand on the Canaries.

Newcastle's next match sees them take on fellow relegation strugglers Everton at St James' Park and the club is trying to further bolster their squad before the match. They have already signed England full-back Kieran Trippier and New Zealand striker Chris Wood in this transfer window - from Atletico Madrid and Burnley, respectively.

The likes of Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes at Lyon, Brighton defender Dan Burn and England attacker Jesse Lingard have all been linked with a move to Tyneside.

On Friday, Newcastle play a friendly match against Saudi Pro League leaders Al Ittihad at the Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium in Jeddah.

Updated: January 28, 2022, 3:56 AM
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