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Rafa Benitez refuses to confirm he will sign new Newcastle contract

‘We have plenty of time to talk about the future’: Rafa Benitez refuses to confirm he will sign new Newcastle contract despite January business

    • Rafa Benitez is out of contract at Newcastle at the end of the current campaign

 

    • The Magpies boss says it would be wrong to assume he will sign a new deal

 

    • Mike Ashley broke the club’s transfer record to sign Miguel Almiron for £21m

 

  • Benitez says he is happier but claims transfers do not guarantee he will stay 

Craig Hope for the Daily Mail

Rafa Benitez says he is happier than one week ago but insists it would be wrong to assume he will sign a new contract just because Newcastle have finally broken their transfer record.

The arrival of £21million Paraguay playmaker Miguel Almiron saw Mike Ashley sanction a move that represents the club’s biggest outlay in 12 years of his ownership.

However, Benitez has once again refused to commit himself to the Magpies – his deal expires in the summer – and says there is plenty of time to discuss his future.

 

 

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has refused to confirm that he will sign a new contract

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has refused to confirm that he will sign a new contract

 



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‘I will not say, “Oh, we have signed two players so I will sign a contract now”,’ he said, having also secured the loan addition of Monaco left back Antonio Barreca.

‘It is not the time to talk about that. I always use a crucial word – balance. That is key, we have to stay calm. I am quite pragmatic and I am happier now than one week ago. Why? Because we won against Man City and have bought two players who give us something we didn’t have. 

‘I think everybody is a little bit happier.’ 

Ashley will now prioritise securing Benitez’s future, but the manager has hinted it will take a lot more than a couple of signings he believes the squad needed anyway.

‘Don’t forget one thing, it’s not what I want, in this case it’s what we needed,’ he added.

‘It was obvious we needed a full back and also a No 10. So the main is that we cannot think, “It’s done”. We’ve done nothing. We have to be winning games.

‘We still have plenty of things to do – that is to stay up and be sure that we are going in the right direction, then we will see what happens.’ 

Newcastle face Spurs in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off but will do so without Almiron who is still awaiting his visa.

Newcastle broke their transfer record to sign Paraguay playmaker Miguel Almiron for £21m

 

Newcastle broke their transfer record to sign Paraguay playmaker Miguel Almiron for £21m

Newcastle broke their transfer record to sign Paraguay playmaker Miguel Almiron for £21m

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