MX23RW : Wednesday, June 16 10:54:58| >> :60:2045:2045:

Rafael Benitez hints at Newcastle stay

Rafael Benitez hints at Newcastle stay
© Reuters
The 59-year-old's existing contract is due to expire on June 30.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has given the clearest indication yet that he is ready to extend his stay at St James' Park after positive talks this week.

The 59-year-old Spaniard, whose existing deal is due to expire on June 30, revealed he had spoken to managing director Lee Charnley and hinted that he had been encouraged by what had been said.

Asked if there had been any progress on his contract, Benitez replied: "Yes. I was talking with Lee Charnley this week and we will let you know as soon as we have more news.

"At the moment, it's just we have had another talk and we'll continue talking."

Asked further if the talks had been positive, he replied: "Yes. I can say yes, it seems that things are at least moving forward, and we will see if something is right at the end."

The news will give fresh hope to fans desperate for Benitez to stay longer than the three years for which he was initially contracted after he guided the club back into the top flight at the first attempt in the wake of relegation, and has since secured its status for two successive seasons.

He is keen to receive assurances over owner Mike Ashley's ambition – something which is currently limited by his intention to sell Newcastle – although he is adamant business alone will not dictate his decision.

Benitez said: "I know the fans are supporting me and the fans are trying to convince me to stay and they try to go for the emotional way, like they did the first year.

"I know that and I appreciate that, I am really pleased with that because I am happy in the city, I am happy here and as I have said before, the staff, everybody is doing a very good job and we are very comfortable here."

In the meantime, Benitez will send his team into battle with former club Liverpool, whom he guided to Champions League glory during a trophy-laden six-year reign, on Saturday evening knowing victory for the Magpies could end the Reds' title dream for another season.

He said: "We are professional and we have to do our job. My relationship with the city, with Liverpool, with the club, with the fans, is there.

"I was there six years, we won some trophies and we have good memories. I think everybody understands that we are professionals and we will do our best, that's it."

ga('create', 'UA-72310761-1', 'auto', {'name': 'pacontentapi'});
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'referrer', location.origin);
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension1', 'By Damian Spellman, Press Association Sport');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension2', 'cc15197d-af84-466b-951a-0a7b4d4156b5');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension3', 'paservice:sport,paservice:sport:club-news,paservice:sport:football');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension6', 'story');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension7', 'composite');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension8', null);
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension9', 'sport:football');
ga('pacontentapi.send', 'pageview', { 'location': location.href, 'page': (location.pathname + location.search + location.hash), 'title': 'Rafael Benitez holds positive talks about his future at Newcastle'});

ID:358129: cacheID:358129:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:4849:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Jordan Henderson in action on January 3, 2018
Read Next:
How Liverpool could line up against Newcastle
>

rhs 2.0
Euro 2020 fixtures
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
 
5pm
Thursday, June 17, 2021
 
5pm
Friday, June 18, 2021
 
2pm
Saturday, June 19, 2021
 
2pm
Todays Game Header Right
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City38275683325186
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd382111673442974
3Liverpool38209968422669
4Chelsea381910958362267
5Leicester CityLeicester382061268501866
6West Ham UnitedWest Ham381981162471565
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs381881268452362
8Arsenal381871355391661
9Leeds UnitedLeeds38185156254859
10Everton38178134748-159
11Aston Villa38167155546955
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38129174662-1645
13Wolverhampton WanderersWolves38129173652-1645
14Crystal Palace38128184166-2544
15Southampton38127194768-2143
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914154046-641
17Burnley38109193355-2239
RFulham38513202753-2628
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom38511223576-4126
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3872292063-4323

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!