Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Mike Ashley releases statement praising Rafa Benitez and making transfer promise

Mike Ashley releases statement praising Rafa Benitez and making transfer promise

I knew when I came here that we were not in the best situation, but Newcastle's a huge club with a great history and deserves to stay in the league.

Benitez would also like to sign Chelsea winger Kenedy on a permanent basis but faces competition from clubs across Europe. He's got Newcastle into 10th position.

He said: 'What I would like is to be sure that the team is able to compete to finish above 10th.

However, with their big players often failing to provide any real cutting edge, Chelsea might be in deep trouble ahead of their highly anticipated clash against Manchester United.

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Benitez's representatives have had talks with United managing director Lee Charnley over a new contract and the club's summer transfer budget.

But there is fear over Benitez's future at St. James' Park as his relationship with owner Mike Ashley often brought into question.

"He's won titles and cups at every level and in different countries, so you just hope we can keep him. If he can do that with that squad, can you imagine what he'd do with some backing and some finance?" It can not be the case that if you miss one or two players, the team is not the same.

Two years ago, Benitez admitted that the support of the St James' Park faithful played a major role in his decision not to walk away in the wake of relegation.

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"[I'm] really proud of that [fans singing his name] but especially because of the team - you can not sing the name of the manager when the team are doing that".

"I would like to thank Rafa Benitez for his magnificent achievement this season", the statement read. "In this case, what the players did last season and what they have done this year was massive".

Ashley is one of the more unpopular owners in the Premier League and Newcastle legend Shearer has dismissed the Magpies' owner's promise to back manager Rafa Benitez with transfer funds this summer.

"The fans appreciate this togetherness, and the relationship we have created".

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