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Rafa Seems Willing To Enter New Contract Talks – To Stay At Newcastle

Benitez has not thought too much about his contract extension while he was trying his best to get the best players in for Newcastle although he was restricted again financially once again by owner Mike Ashkley.

Rafa was positive in his press conference and again reiterated he wanted to stay at Newcastle.

Benitez’s current deal runs out at the end of the season with fans desperate for him to stay.

Rafa Benitez last season – when we beat Manchester United at home

This is what Rafa said when asked about contract negotiations:

I will try to do my best every day. I want to stay, but now is not the time to talk (about that) . We have to focus on football.”

“If we need to talk about an extension, we can do at some point. But I am focused on the team and finishing as high up the table as possible.”

“I know it’s been a difficult summer but the reality is that we have a team that did well and we are ready for the Premier League.”

“The time to talk about that was before, now we have finished the window, we start the Premier League, and that comes later.”

“If we have to talk about a possible extension we will talk.” “Now we have to concentrate on the game.”

“If they (the fans) go to the stadium they need to support us like last season, they can be the key for us.”

He seems willing to at least talk again about a new contract to stay on Tyneside but he wants more control over the transfers and Mike Ashley should give that to him.

Rafa knows what he’s doing with the tremendous success he’s already had as manager at other clubs.

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18 comments so far

  • Jib

    Aug 10, 2018 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #1
  • Munster Mag

    Aug 10, 2018 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Martoon thanks for doing the predictions again.
    52 points
    5th Rd fa Cup
    Quarter finals league cup
    Rondon top scorer
    16 goals

    Great to hear Rafa in this firm. Go get them lads, toon toon black and white army.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 10, 2018 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Rafa the politician at it again! Well done !

  • toonluvva

    Aug 10, 2018 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #4


    42 goals
    3rd round FA Cup
    4th Round League cup
    Mutu top scorer
    18 goals

  • c-dog

    Aug 10, 2018 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Anyone any ideas who @roblens other profile is?

  • Mag52

    Aug 10, 2018 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Ashley Out.

  • kimbo

    Aug 10, 2018 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #7

    My prediction is 38 points and will probably mean relegation battle all season, if we can get 6 points from the first 5 games then we will stay up with 41 points.

  • Mag52

    Aug 10, 2018 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #8

    Team v Spurs:

    Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett,
    Shelvey, Diame,
    Ritchie, Perez, Kenedy,

  • 9

    Aug 10, 2018 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Doesn’t our owner swell with pride when he looks at how many £££££millions other owners have spent, and he hasn’t, and he’s got Rafa and they haven’t? His frugal policy has proven exceedingly successful since Rafa landed on our shores, earning a top-half position on peanuts. Meanwhile the odd £90m he’s been able to scrape together in readies, without having to sell any of his mountainous pile of shares in his own company, has given him lock, stock and barrel every single asset HoF has. Gee! And we were focussed on the transfer window (naturally, being football fans) while he was scheming this coup. Try to look at it from his point of view: Man U failed with a £100m bid for one footballer, he succeeded with a £90m bid for every scrap of property, including all stock, HoF have. Wow! How he must chortle when he sees the sums other owners spend (and can never recover) on EPL footballers. Crikey – if we could ever recover his interest in football, the sky would be the limit (I know, I know, I’m dreaming)

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 10, 2018 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Rafa bingo:

    Yedlin, Lascelles, Schar, Dummett
    Shelvey, KSY
    Ritchie Kenedy

  • hibbit

    Aug 10, 2018 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #11

    just out of interest whats your other profile we all know you have one ???????

  • chicousa

    Aug 10, 2018 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #12

    My hope for Ashley is that this HOF purchase will be a huge loser for him and Sports Direct continues to hemorrhage loses in valuation and that he is forced to sell NUFC! Karma baby!!!

  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 10, 2018 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #13

    Don’t think Rondon will start tomorrow, don’t think Kennedy will start as he’s barely kicked a ball in pre-season.
    As I predicted weeks ago, we will start the season with The Hoss up top

  • SredniVashtar

    Aug 10, 2018 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Rafa bingo:

    Yedlin Schär Lascelles Dummett
    Shelvey Diame
    Ritchie Perez Kenedy

    I reckon he’ll start Muto rather than Rondon or Joselu – he’s been here for longer so has had more time to integrate and he’s faster and more mobile than Rondon, which will suit the counter-attacking strategy we will probably use against Spurs.

    I’m predicting a 2-1 win for the toon tomorrow!

    Fat slug out

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 10, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Sredni, rondon is no slouch

  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 10, 2018 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Start with Joselu and we will have zero attacking threat

  • DutchontheToon

    Aug 10, 2018 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Sounds like Rafa knows more than we do. Interesting times ahead.

  • nufc 11

    Aug 10, 2018 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Ashle6said it himself last year I’m a paper rich man my money is all tied up in assets the club has to generate its own income. Where the f-ck did he pull 90 million from for the hof deal?


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