Hughton eager to retain Newcastle striker Andy Carroll
Carroll netted 19 goals for Newcastle this season
Newcastle boss Chris Hughton is keen to fend off interest from rival clubs for striker Andy Carroll.
Premier League champions Chelsea have been linked with the 21-year-old, whose 17 league goals last season were key to Newcastle's top-flight return.
Hughton insists he has had no contact from the west London club.
And he told The Chronicle: "We've got no intention of seeing Andy leave Newcastle. He's a young player and he's got a big future here with us."
Finances are expected to be tight at Newcastle next season, and Carroll was alleged to have been involved in a training ground row with team-mate Steven Taylor which fuelled rumours that one of the pair would be sold over the summer.
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