Newcastle must keep Benitez, says Lascelles

Rex Christensen
May 15, 2018

A manager with a famously no-nonsense approach taking on a team of world superstars famed for their egos, especially one Cristiano Ronaldo, Benitez was always up against it in the Spanish capital, especially after replacing fan favourite Carlo Ancelotti.

If things had worked out differently on Sunday, Newcastle could have ended the season as low as 15th.

"What the players did last season and what they have done this season is massive, and the fans appreciate this togetherness, that relationship we have created".

UNITED are aware of growing interest in captain Jamaal Lascelles, even if the defender is quite happy for his future to be at St James' Park under the guidance of Rafael Benitez.

Newcastle United hero Alan Shearer has many doubts about the possibility of Mike Ashley providing the club's manager with sufficient transfer funds. "You hear about rumours, but I'm just concentrating on Newcastle". "If you don't have the money, the main thing is to be sure that if you sell this one for £40m, you have two at £20m who can do well, then you can be better".

And with discussions ongoing with Benitez and United hierarchy about his demands for next season, the former Liverpool boss stated he is unsure "how close we are".

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He said he doesn't want a "huge" cabinet, in a veiled reference to past cabinets with more than 30 ministers. He said his four-party alliance will hold a meeting on Saturday to name the ministers.

'If we want to achieve something, we have to understand the way to do that.

Benitez was once again giving nothing away about the ongoing talks over his future on Tyneside as he prepares to enter the final 12 months of his existing contract, although he did reveal that a pre-season which will include a trip to Ireland is already planned. Maybe they will help you attract a player who turns out to be a key player. Look how he's got us playing. "Whoever he decides to go for, it's up to him and congratulations to the players who do go".

"I would like to thank Rafa Benitez for his magnificent achievement this season", said Ashley.

Plenty of room for optimism BUT only if Rafa Benitez stays AND is backed properly.

"For sure, we didn't play a good game, but from the start, Newcastle outplayed us in many aspects", said Conte. We need someone pointing us in the right direction it would be ideal for him to stay.

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