Newcastle owner Ashley eager for Benitez to stay

Newcastle owner Ashley eager for Benitez to stay

Newcastle owner Ashley eager for Benitez to stay

Rafa Benitez's Newcastle United will on Sunday afternoon clash with Chelsea at home on the final day of the Premier League.

"That we can go to any stadium and think about going to win, rather than thinking that a draw might be a good result".

"Some players are key players not just because they play well, also because their relationship with the others and with the fans and their influence, their character and all those other things".

'If we want to achieve something, we have to understand the way to do that.

"Maybe this achievement will be close the top trophies which I have won but I wouldn't say it is more or less than this or the other one but I really proud of this achievement". "I would also like to applaud the players, led fantastically by the captain Jamaal Lascelles".

But still without a call-up, and with Southgate's squad announced on Wednesday, Lascelles accepts the manager has his chosen defenders.

"The fans have ambitions and we have ambitions, and we have to know if everybody has the same feelings too. But I will just concentrate on trying to do well against Chelsea in what will be a tough game". Look how he's got us playing.

"When people say "wheel and deal" - sometimes you have to do it because if not, you don't have the money".

Earlier, Benitez, when pressed on his future, said: 'What I would like is to be sure that the team is able to compete to finish above 10th. Give him some money to spend then.

While Lascelles has still shown he can be caught out of position or make an occasional mistake, like any player, overall his displays at the top level have earned him the recognition of Champions League clubs.

Sam Allardyce's job is far from secure, but the Mirror claims Lascelles, who has impressed under Rafa Benitez as the Magpies secured survival after promotion previous year, is now a prime target.

"It is clear what we need".

My job is to be sure that the players are focused on the last game and if we can do well, I will enjoy the moment.

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