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Sport Benitez won't be drawn on contract talks but insists Newcastle are stronger

02:00  11 august  2018
02:00  11 august  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Benitez confirms Hayden will remain a Newcastle player

  Benitez confirms Hayden will remain a Newcastle player Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has confirmed that midfielder Isaac Hayden will remain with the club this season, as reported by The Shields Gazette. Hayden had asked to leave St James’ Park this summer, citing “family reasons” as the principle reason for handing in a transfer request. Having started in Newcastle’s game against Braga on Wednesday night in Portugal, Hayden held further talks with Benitez regarding his future. Now following those talks, Benitez is confident that the 23-year old will remain on Tyneside this season, despite reported interest from Brighton. When asked if Hayden would remain a Newcastle player this summer, as reported by The Shields Gazette, Benitez said: “Yeah, I think so.” “He knows that he has to stay and he was working hard (against Braga).” “So, it’s just a question of maybe these 10 days and when you finish the transfer window the players start realising it’s where we are and we have to perform. That’s it.

NEWCASTLE have released a statement defending the club's transfer business ahead of their Premier League opener with Tottenham - but Rafa Benitez wasn' t so keen to discuss his contract situation earlier today.

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Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has insisted that he wants to concentrate on ensuring the club maintain their Premier League status this season, and won’t be distracted by contract talks.

Once again, the former Real Madrid manager has endured a frustrating transfer window in which he wasn’t able to strengthen as much as he’d have liked to.

Rafael Benitez wearing a suit and tie: Tony Marshall/Getty Images Sport © Tony Marshall/Getty Images Sport Tony Marshall/Getty Images Sport

The Spaniard cooly played down negative talk about the club’s transfer business, but when asked about whether his own personal contract situation would become a distraction, Benitez was quick to dismiss such claims.

Newcastle agree personal terms with highly-rated defender Sikou Niakate

  Newcastle agree personal terms with highly-rated defender Sikou Niakate Premier League side Newcastle United have agreed to personal terms with young defender Sikou Niakate but are struggling to agree on a fee with his club Valenciennes, according to a report on Get French Football News. The 19-year-old is valued at €3 million by the French Ligue 2 side and the Magpies fear that they may not be able to agree on a fee before the transfer window slams shut tomorrow evening. The player is keen to make the move to St James’ Park and has already agreed on a contract with the side. The centre-back played 24 times in the second tier of French football last season and can also operate in left-back. The defender only joined Valenciennes in November last year but he has been identified as a primary target by Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez, who is eager to strengthen his squad before tomorrow’s deadline. The Magpies completed the loan signing of Salomon Rondon and will be hoping to come to an agreement for the signature of Niakate soon.

Talks about extending Rafa Benitez ’s contract at Newcastle have been put on hold until the club knows which division it will be playing in next season. His relationship with Newcastle ’s supporters remains strong and he has plans to develop Newcastle ’s academy, which further point towards him

Toon boss wants assurances from owner Mike Ashley over transfer plans but is holding talks with players whose contracts will be up. Rafa Benitez insists his focus for the moment is on reaching 40 points and safety.

As reported by the Belfast Telegraph, Benitez said:

“I don’t think so.”

“We have time to do things and I don’t need to explain at every press conference that we have talked. We know now is the time to relax a little bit and concentrate on the games. Then we have plenty of time to talk about that.”

“It is not the right time to talk about that. I am happy here. I want to be sure that we can compete. We start tomorrow. That is it.”

Despite fans in general appearing disappointed in the lack of transfer business on Tyneside this summer, Benitez, along with Lee Charnley and Jamaal Lascelles, put their name to a statement that claimed they believe the squad is now stronger than it was last year. The statement said:

“Doing good business in a transfer window is about ending the window clearly stronger than when you started and we believe we have done this.”

“The view we all share is that we have a better squad now than the one that finished 10th last season and all involved have worked tirelessly to make this happen.”

Newcastle United v FC Augsburg - Pre-Season Friendly © Tony Marshall/Getty Images Sport Newcastle United v FC Augsburg - Pre-Season Friendly

Tianjin Quanjian hoping to lure Benitez to China .
Tianjin Quanjian are hoping that they can convince Rafa Benitez to move to the Chinese Super League once his deal with Newcastle expires. The Guardian reports that the Chinese club want the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss to take over from Paulo Sousa in nine months time when his deal with St James’ Park expires. It is yet to be seen if Benitez will put pen to paper on a new deal at Newcastle after a strained public relationship with Mike Ashley. The Spaniard has been very vocal about his displeasure of the transfer budget he has been handed during his time with the club. Benitez has been forced to work on small budgets as he attempts to guide Newcastle to safety once again this season. He has often attracted interest from other clubs during his time at the club and any decision on his future could depend on where Newcastle finish this season. Given the money available in the Chinese Super League, Benitez could be tempted by the switch.

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