Rafa will continue to be asked about his contract situation at Newcastle and when he will be having talks on a possible extension.
It’s now March, and Rafa has just less than four months left on his current contract at Newcastle.
But he will not be drawn in press conferences and interviews on whether he will stay on Tyneside at the end of June.
It’s likely that will continue until we are safe in the league and maybe two or three wins will do that depending on how some of the lower placed teams perform in the next few games.
But Rafa seems determined to keep winning games until the end of the season – and he doesn’t want to lose four games in a row once we are safe in the league.
Rafa Benitez – we have to win games
That’s what happened last season when we lost four of the final five games once we had reached 41 points.
This is what Rafa has told the Chronicle today:
“I was talking with Lee Charnley. I think we have to concentrate on the games. Still, we have to win two or three games.”
“It’s not that we will talk when we reach that. It’s easy for me to say that in every press conference when you ask that. It is not ‘this is the mark, then we will start talking’.”
“It’s just that we have to do what we have to do now.”
“We have to win games. I know from experience, when you’re doing well, and people start talking too much, it’s when you make mistakes.”
“In this case it’s the same. We are doing well. We have to get these six or seven points that we need. It will be easier.”
“Even if you’re distracted, you will be safe. Now it’s a risk, but I understand you have to do it and fans will say ‘what is going on?’.”
“We have to stay calm and be sure the team will win a couple of games.”
“We need to keep going. Last year when we go to the 40-points mark, or whatever, we lost four games in a row.”
“Everything can change in a couple of weeks. This year, it seems, is similar (to last season), but still we have to get the points.”
“I was lucky enough in all my teams to have the fans, the majority of them, behind me.”
“You have cities where everybody lives and breathes football.”
“Naples was one of them. Liverpool is one of them, and this one. When everything is right, you can feel that.”
“That is much better, obviously. You can see the potential, because everybody is behind the team, you don’t have different ideas.”
“Everyone is happy, at least some days.”
Newcastle are now 6 points above 3rd bottom Cardiff, and that’s 7 points if you include goal difference with 10 games still to play.
Rafa has again worked wonders with the players he has, and he now has two big future stars playing in his Newcastle side.
24-year-old £20M new boy Miguel Almiron and local lad Sean Longstaff and both lads look star players of the future.
That alone will help keep Rafa on Tyneside.