Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Rafa Benitez says Newcastle working to resolve his future

Rafa Benitez says Newcastle working to resolve his future

Benitez said: "The way that he has been behaving and playing during the season, especially at the end of the season, I think he is a different kind of midfielder so I am sure he will be in consideration". All these things to enable you to attract players, all these things can make a difference.

"On many occasions throughout the season, they have been described as a Championship side, which I personally consider to be derogatory. We have to have the confidence in our team to be able to go anywhere thinking that we can win".

And with discussions ongoing with Benitez and United hierarchy about his demands for next season, the former Liverpool boss stated he is unsure "how close we are".

"The players know they have to give everything for the fans, and the togetherness has been crucial for everyone this year", said Benitez. "You have to have a squad to compete".

Brighton and Huddersfield Town, the other two promoted teams alongside Newcastle, have rightly received much praise this past week for securing their Premier League status for next season.

"The medical staff, fitness coaches and sports scientists have done a great job because we haven't had many injuries". For a club that recycled managers and Galacticos at a quick rate for great expense, he admirably sought to change the direction of the club by bringing through a raft of new, young players such as Casemiro and Lucas Vazquez, who have become stars for a team set for a third consecutive Champions League title. "We need a squad that has to be capable of competing in the Premier League".

Aleksandar Mitrovic is expected to leave Tyneside on a permanent basis after tearing it up on loan at Fulham while hapless duo Dwight Gayle and Joselu have shown that they are nowhere near the level required at St James' Park.

"[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".

Lascelles has played 98 times for the Magpies since signing from Nottingham Forest in 2014 and has helped them keep eight clean sheets this season.

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