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Report: Newcastle United confident of Rafael Benitez stay

Newcastle confident of Benitez stay?
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Newcastle United are believed to be confident of keeping Rafael Benitez at the club despite rumours linking the Spaniard to West Ham United.

Newcastle United are reportedly confident of keeping Rafael Benitez at the club despite rumours linking the Spaniard to a departure from St James' Park.

Benitez, who has disagreed with Magpies owner Mike Ashley over player transfer issues in the past, is believed to be one of the leading candidates to succeed David Moyes at West Ham United.

Hammers co-owner David Sullivan said in a statement on Thursday that the East London club was "very close" to appointing "a manager who has a proven record of success at the highest level of the game".

According to Sky Sports News, however, Newcastle believe that they have a watertight contract with Benitez, which includes a large release clause, and are confident of seeing off any prospective suitors.

The Spaniard has managed some of the biggest football clubs in the world including Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan.


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Rafael Benitez watches on during the Premier League game between Newcastle United and Manchester City on December 27, 2017
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2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
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11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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