Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Benitez Not Keen to Talk about New United Deal; Question of My Future Is 'Tricky' Says United Boss

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Benitez Not Keen to Talk about New United Deal; Question of My Future Is 'Tricky' Says United Boss

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Byline: MARK DOUGLAS NUFC Editor mark.douglas@ncjmedia.co.uk

RAFA Benitez admits the question of whether he will stay at Newcastle United is a "tricky one" - but insists he is planning for next year as talks between his representatives and the Magpies over a new contract and assurances for next season go on.

Benitez does not want a repeat of last summer's running commentary on his future and shut down questions which required any sort of detail on the talks taking place between Lee Charnley, himself and his representatives.

He said there was no fresh news on his future and when pressed he said: "No news is no news."

Benitez is seeking confirmation the club's power brokers are on the same page as him as he looks to improve Newcastle and push them into a side which pushes for the top eight rather than fights relegation every season.

He has a year left on his contract and has been linked with Leicester and Napoli - although there has been no contact from either.

The smart money still seems to be on him staying but he continues to play his cards close to his chest.

Benitez said: "That is a tricky question. I said in an interview the other day on the BBC that I decided to stay because of the potential, the fans and the city, then we have to do what we have to do."

What Benitez feels he "must do" is fight for the best budget and commitments to improving infrastructure such as the Academy and training ground.

It pitches him into further uncertainty surrounding his future but it is what he feels he must do.

The Spaniard added: "I would be happier just thinking about my team, my players, the tactics, analysing other teams and improving players.

"However, in modern football and especially in the Premier League, the budget is crucial.

"So you see a club like Man City, an amazing coach with an amazing team and they could not win last year.

"They had to spend a lot of money to win. The reality is with the prices in the market now you need the money to compete. …

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