Rafael Benitez flattered by West Ham United link

Benitez flattered by West Ham link
© Getty Images
Rafael Benitez dismisses talk that he will leave Newcastle United, but insists that he is flattered by rumours linking him with a Premier League return.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has admitted that he is flattered by links to Premier League clubs, but is remaining committed to the Championship outfit.

The former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss was unable to keep the Magpies in the Premier League last season, but the Tyneside outfit have made a strong start in the Championship under his guidance this term.

Benitez has been linked with a move to West Ham United, but the Spaniard has dismissed the stories as paper talk.

He told the Newcastle Chronicle: "I have seen a lot of speculation in the newspapers about players and myself.

"I am really pleased, though, I'm happy we are doing well. When I decided to stay here it was because I wanted to do well and get promoted.

"I'm happy and proud that some clubs talk about me but at the moment I am really pleased with the way things are here."

Benitez has also dismissed reports that Jamaal Lascelles could leave the club.

Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez pictured in November 2015
Read Next:
West Ham want Benitez to replace Bilic?
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole



Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1211104073334
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd128222762126
3Chelsea1281323101325
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs127232091123
5Liverpool126422417722
6Arsenal127142216622
7Burnley12642129322
8Watford125341921-218
9Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124441313016
10Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12435817-915
11Newcastle UnitedNewcastle124261114-314
12Leicester CityLeicester123451618-213
13Bournemouth124171114-313
14Southampton12345914-513
15Stoke CityStoke123451524-913
16Everton123361224-1212
17West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom12246918-910
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham122371125-149
19Swansea CitySwansea12228715-88
20Crystal Palace12129624-185
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand