Lascelles happy and wants to keep Newcastle climbing under Benitez

Elena Summers
May 14, 2018

Rafa Benitez has spoken publicly about his future as Newcastle United manager amid speculation the Spaniard will be leaving the club.

"I can't thank Rafa enough for how much I've improved, not only as a player but as a captain".

Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is West Ham United's top target if, as expected, they part company from David Moyes.

The Spaniard is now in talks to extend his contract, which has a year left to run, but wants to see that current owner Mike Ashley shares his ambition before committing himself to a longer stay.

The defender is being tipped for a call-up to England's World Cup squad but Benitez says Newcastle are unlikely to sell their star man this summer.

"On many occasions throughout the season, they have been described as a Championship side, which I personally consider to be derogatory".

The 26-year-old has starred for Newcastle this season, and he continued his influential role in Sunday's Premier League victory against Chelsea. 'From the start Newcastle outplayed us I many aspects.

Lascelles, speaking in an interview with Premier League Productions ahead of the visit from Chelsea, has impressed at the heart of the Newcastle defence and his performances have put him on the verge of an England call-up.

"You need competition and enough levels within the squad, to make sure you can approach any game thinking you can win".

I also understand that Sullivan already knows who he wants and Benitez, a man who he has nearly landed before, is his preferred candidate.

Ashley meanwhile released a statement saying "every penny generated by the club" will be available to Benitez - having made similar comments a year previously. "There are conversations and we will see how far we go", he said.

"Now we have to be sure that we do the right things and then what I have said so many times - we need to be on the same page". Since he has been here he has transformed the club and city, it would be silly for us not to keep him happy and let him have what he wants.

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