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15:35  14 september  2018
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Jenas claims Benitez won't walk away from Newcastle

  Jenas claims Benitez won't walk away from Newcastle Former Newcastle midfielder and football pundit Jermaine Jenas doesn’t think Rafa Benitez will walk away from the club. Newcastle haven’t enjoyed the most successful of starts to the season, with the club current sat in the relegation zone with just one point from their opening four Premier League games. Benitez is understandably frustrated, in part with Mike Ashley for failing to deliver upon certain promises such as delivering transfer funds, having declared before the season’s start that he dreams of managing a Magpies side that could fight for more than simply survival. Having wanted to be smarter in the transfer market this summer, Benitez’ plans didn’t exactly come to fruition, and the Spaniard now faces an uphill battle to ensure the club remain in the top flight. When questioned about whether he thought Benitez would eventually grow tired of that prospect and leave the club, Jenas had this to say, as quoted by Chronicle Live. “Look, Premier League jobs don’t come easy and he’s got one. There are plenty of managers out there who haven’t and are chomping at the bit to get one. I don’t see him walking away or the club sacking him because I don’t think they can – he is key to this team staying in the Premier League.” “The thing with that [style of play adopted against Man City] is that Rafa is that type of manager – where ever he’s been, that has been his style; that is how he likes to manage a club. I don’t think it’s just down to personnel.” “The Cardiff result is disappointing but it’s been as tough a start as possible. There have been some positive things in that start. I don’t think it’s all doom and gloom for Newcastle United FC.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has revealed he has no regrets after selling Aleksandar Mitrovic on a permanent basis in the summer.

Football.London report that Benitez is happy with his decision despite the striker being joint-top scorer in the Premier League at this early stage of the season.

Mitrovic impressed whilst on loan at the Cottage last season, scoring 16 goals between the start of February and the end of the season and winning two player of the month awards in the process.

His performances were enough to convince manager Slavisa Jokanovic to sanction a £22m permanent move for the forward, and that fee could rise to £27m.

Chelsea eyeing up Mitrovic swoop

  Chelsea eyeing up Mitrovic swoop Chelsea are eyeing up a swoop for Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in the January transfer window. According to The Mirror, Chelsea are considering a move for Mitrovic in the next window as they look to strengthen their attacking options. Mitrovic joined Fulham in the summer from Newcastle for a fee believed to be in the region of £22m. This came after he spent the second half of last season on loan to Fulham in the Championship. The striker scored 12 times in 15 Championship appearances as he helped the side to earn promotion to the Premier League. Since their promotion, Mitrovic has scored four top-flight goals in five games and has heavily impressed. Chelsea have seen his form for Fulham over the course of 2018 and are considering an offer. The report also claims that some teams in Serie A are tracking Mitrovic ahead of possible moves for the Serbian international.

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Mitrovic has scored in away trips to Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton and Hove Albion and scored a brace in the club’s emphatic 4-2 victory over Burnley this campaign.

That puts him top of the scoring charts alongside Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, and the Serb will be keen to add to his numbers at Manchester City tomorrow.

On Mitrovic, Benitez said:

“The first thing that I would say is that I wish him all the best. I didn’t have any problem with him. He was a professional. He’s a nice lad, and that’s it. He was very clear (and said) ‘the way that I play, maybe, is not the way we have to play’. In another environment, in another division, and now with confidence, fine, he’s doing well.”

“He’s in another team and it’s totally different. He had chances for us. He was playing more than Murphy, and Murphy was similar. You see the stats, but I will not waste too much time on that. I wish him well. If we are safe, they can be safe, no problem. For us, he was not the kind of player we were looking for. That’s it.”

Newcastle could do with the 23-year-old’s goals, having only scored three times in four Premier League matches to date.

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Rafa Benitez seemingly happy to stay in the North-East .
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has indicated to the club’s hierarchy that he is happy to stay beyond the end of the current campaign, according to the Chronicle Live. Despite rumours circulating over recent months stating that the Spaniard is growing frustrated in the North-East, Benitez reportedly held positive talks with managing director Lee Charnley earlier in the week. However, the pair are still a way off agreeing a contract extension for Benitez to remain in charge next season. The 58-year-old is content to continue living in the city after this season, even though he looks to be a target for many sides after the season comes to a close. Talking earlier in the week, Benitez admitted he was relaxed about his future and addressed the issues regarding Mike Ashley’s ownership. “If the owner wants to be around, that is positive, it has to be positive. I don’t see any problem with that because it means that he cares and is supporting the team. Hopefully that will be the case in the next weeks and months.” Benitez, Charnley and Ashley are set to sit down for their first transfer meeting of the season this weekend, with Benitez’s future more than likely on the agenda for the trio.

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