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.