Rafa Benitez was interviewed on BT Sport after last night’s game at home to Burnley by Jake Humphrey, and he tries to get Rafa to address his long term future and whether he will be staying at Newcastle past June.
Bt Rafa continued to turn the attention back to football and how we did last night (won 2-0!) and the tough game that lies ahead in London against West Ham.
It’s clear that Rafa will not talk to the press about his future, but Newcastle are getting close to survival with 13 points picked up in the previous 6 games.
Rafa thinks 38 points will do it and that’s two wins and a draw so we could be close.
Rafa Benitez on the touchline last night
This is some of what he said to Jake Humphrey following Newcastle’s excellent 2-0 win against Burnley last night:
“Before the game, I said I was focused on the game. After the game, I’m focused on the West Ham game so we have to try and concentrate on that.”
“Obviously, I know this is a situation (my contract) that, in time, we have to manage.
“But the main thing is to ensure if we do something, that we have a project, to show some ambition and we have to show really we want to be a top side.”
“I was talking with Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley so they know what I think so it’s not a question to talk about, ‘We want one player.'”
“We talk about what we have, what we want to do with the academy, training ground and everything so it’s just to ensure that we have a project.”
“We can do it.”
“The little things we can improve a lot and hopefully we can.”
“But at the moment it’s just to enjoy the game and try to prepare the next one which also will be a tough game.”
“38 points, maybe, that is the target.”
“The fans are happy because we won and they all understand why he won’t talk about that.”
“So I think it’s time to talk about football and there will be plenty of time to talk about other things.”
Let’s hope we can keep winning and then once we reach 40 points maybe Rafa will talk again to Ashley about his Newcastle future.
But the lads cannot let up once we are safe – we did that last season and lost four of the final five games.
We have to get as many wins as possible in the 10 games remaining.
We’re sure Rafa will agree with that.