Monday 19 November 2018

Benitez keen to end contract talks and focus on football

Benitez wants assurances about how significant a player he can be in the transfer market this summer. Photo credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
Benitez wants assurances about how significant a player he can be in the transfer market this summer. Photo credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Martin Hardy

Rafa Benitez has insisted he does not enjoy being embroiled in political fighting but feels he has to do it for the good of his team at Newcastle United.

Talks about extending the remaining 12 months he has on his three-year deal at St James's Park are still ongoing, with further meetings between his representatives and those from the club having taken place this week.

Benitez wants assurances about how significant a player he can be in the transfer market this summer, and also how fast Newcastle will move to make additions to his squad before he extends his deal.

The club would like the situation resolved with the Spaniard staying, however there have been issues in the last three transfer windows, with the former Liverpool manager frustrated this time last year as he felt he missed out on targets.

He was asked if he enjoys tough negotiating, and he said: "Not really. I would be happier just thinking about my team, my players, the tactics, analysing other teams and improving players. In terms of the contract and the future, still we are talking.

"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.

"Sometimes people think that is negative (fighting hard) but I think it is a positive because it means you care.

"I will not put a deadline (on talks), but it is obvious for everyone it is better to do things as quick as possible."

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