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Newcastle Owner Mike Ashley Says He Wants Rafa Benitez To Stay On

16 May 2018

Another player Newcastle are hopeful of tying up a deal for is Chelsea winger Kenedy, who also impressed during his half-season loan spell.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez admitted the speculation regarding his future is no clearer after a final day 3-0 win over Chelsea.

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has pledged to back Rafa Benitez in the transfer market this summer, although fans could be forgiven for refusing to get carried away just yet.

"It was a great way to end", he told reporters.

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"And the fans, the atmosphere here is togetherness, the relationship, the players they care, the manager, the staff, working together trying to achieve what we want to achieve".

"I said before the game it is not about finishing 10th".

It is bad enough during the football season but now the matches have finished, we know for sure that the media will be ramping things up when it comes to transfer stories.

"The players have done so well".

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"The fans, they have ambitions, we have ambitions". This is something we've mentioned before on here and tomorrow for the final game of the season at home to Chelsea, "Wor Flags' latest display promises to be one of the biggest yet".

Ashley has echoed his previous support of the former Liverpool boss and his stance when it comes to investment.

Ashley meanwhile released a statement saying "every penny generated by the club" will be available to Benitez - having made similar comments a year previously. Gareth Southgate will name his England squad for the World Cup on May 16, and both he and Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles may feel they have an outside chance of being given a place on the plane to Russian Federation.

Chelsea had a chance to claim a Champions League spot for next season, but they downed their tools in the most hapless fashion.

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Rafa Benitez will meet Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley on Sunday for talks which can decide his future on Tyneside, with the supervisor nonetheless none the wiser what the switch funds is for subsequent season.

Newcastle Owner Mike Ashley Says He Wants Rafa Benitez To Stay On