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Chelsea striker Abraham wants to stay in Premier League

Abraham wants to be in the Premier League next season. Credit: PA

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has put talks over his future on hold until after Euro 2017.

The 19-year-old is currently in Poland with England Under-21s and preparing for Friday's opening Group A game against Sweden.

Newcastle and Brighton are reportedly keen to take him on loan after he scored 26 goals for Bristol City in a successful loan spell in the Sky Bet Championship last season.

But Abraham is willing to wait until after the European Championship to decide his next move.

"As far as I am aware, yeah," he said, when asked if his future was still open. "I haven't spoken with Chelsea yet. I am focusing on this tournament so the discussions will happen after.

"I'm not too sure (about his future). Hopefully it will be in the Premier League.

"After this season I need to take myself to the next level. That's the type of person I am, I always want to do better. I always want to do more. So going into the new season my aim will be to top this one."

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Benitez calls Newcastle defeat at Fulham a 'wake up call'

Newcastle lost 1-0 at Fulham. Credit: PA

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez watched his side go down 1-0 at Fulham and then described it as a "wake-up call".

The Magpies were beaten by Matt Smith's first-half header in a lacklustre Championship season opener following summer spending of almost £45 million.

Benitez knows Newcastle cannot afford many similar performances if they are to immediately return to the Premier League.

"I'm really disappointed because we did not play at the level we expected," he said. "We did not win the ball too much in the second ball and were not keeping the ball properly. We were not concentrating. This game could be a wake-up call for everyone.

"The only positive is it is the beginning of the season and we can wake up. At least everyone has to realise it has to be like this for the rest of the season.

"We didn't play at the level we want to play and have to play if you want to score goals and win games. You have to be much better. We have to realise this is a tough competition and we have to be much better."

Newcastle had two penalty appeals waved away for handballs by Ryan Tunnicliffe and Tomas Kalas but Benitez refused to criticise referee Simon Hooper.

"The first one was clear and not given," he said. "The second one depends on the referee."

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