Rafa Benitez makes shock Newcastle admission just 24 hours after replacing Steve McClaren

Since his days at Anfield, Benitez has coached at Inter Milan, Chelsea, Napoli and most recently Real Madrid.

But in his first press conference as Newcastle boss, the 55-year-old revealed the Toon job has always appealed to him.

“At Liverpool, we always talked about Newcastle as a massive club with passionate fans,” said the Spaniard.

“I have had offers in difference countries but was just waiting for something in England.

“I have been away two and a half years, two years in Italy and six months in Spain but I wanted to stay close to my family here in England.

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