Rafa hints at Toon future

Mike Ashley wants Rafael Benitez to stay with Newcastle and is reported to have held talks after the win over Tottenham on Sunday.

Newcastle: Rafa hints at Toon futureNewcastle: Rafa hints at Toon future

Ashley watched the 5-1 win over Tottenham from the directors’ box for the first time this year and then held talks with the Spaniard after the final whistle, reports have claimed.

The Magpies hierarchy will have been left in no doubt over their urgency to strike a new deal with Benitez, the manager they want to steer them through next season’s Championship campaign.

Benitez’s name was chanted throughout the game as his side produced one of their best performances of the season despite being reduced to 10 men midway through the second half.

And he admitted his rapturous reception would make it harder for him to decide to walk away as he continues to consider his options.

Benitez said: “I was expecting the fans to get behind the team and support me but it has been amazing. I was open to talk and now I am more open to talk.

“It is not easy to leave a club like this and I will talk and analyse and try to do the best for me and the best for Newcastle United. It has got to be the best for both.”

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