Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
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'I'm only talking to Newcastle': Benitez plays down leaving Magpies

'I'm only talking to Newcastle': Benitez plays down leaving Magpies

I would also like to applaud the players, led fantastically by the captain Jamaal Lascelles.

'They made me some offers to stay here for a few more years, plus I have to manage my family: if I chose to go to Newcastle and stay there, even in the Championship, it's also because of my family.

Rafa Benitez has been discussing his future as Newcastle United manager after guiding the club to 10th in the Premier League in their first season back in the division.

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley was full of praise for his side's achievement in finishing tenth in this season's Premier League, while also hitting out at critics who have labelled Newcastle "a Championship side".

Ashley's comments may be greeted with scepticism by some fans, with Benitez having been disappointed by the limits imposed upon him during the last two transfer windows, when he had hoped to strengthen his squad significantly more than he was able to do. I hope very much that Rafa will remain at Newcastle United.

The Newcastle owner went on to thank the fans for "their unrivalled support of Rafa and the team throughout the season", but it's doubtful that many of them feel similarly grateful to him.

When questioned about his future at St James' Park, Benitez responded: "I will say that I am really pleased today and I will try to enjoy then see how the conversations go!".

However, Benitez will not be penning a new deal until he has received some clarification about his transfer budget for the summer, and the extent to which he will be allowed to spend the money as he sees fit. All these things to enable you to attract players, all these things can make a difference. They will be around - maybe they will be talking.

Shelvey has impressed in the middle of the park for the Magpies this season, helping them survive in the Premier League following promotion previous year. In Spain and in Italy there are many things: when I arrived in England at Liverpool, they gave me three years to win something.

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