Rafa Benitez has been speaking to the media back ‘home’ in Spain.
The Newcastle boss talking in the aftermath of his team beating Arsenal to all but mathematically guarantee Premier League safety.
As always,the Manager was keen to give credit to others for the achievements this season: ‘The players deserve huge credit for coming up from the Championship and, with not a great deal of resources compared with others, have the season they are having.’
Speaking of resources, Newcastle fans have predictably turned their thoughts increasingly to Rafa’s own future, as that Premier League safety has got closer and closer.
After the struggles with the owner over the last three transfer windows and only one year left remaining on his contract, supporters only want to hear one thing now.
Asked if he sees himself at St James Park ‘for many more seasons’, Rafa Benitez says that ‘Yes, in principle’ he is ‘relaxed’ about that.
With only 26 days until the season ends and less than eight weeks until the transfer window opens, fans desperately want an extended contract agreed with the manager.
Rafa says that talks have already began with the club about extending his contract and that Mike Ashley has made clear he wants to ‘link’ the Manager to Newcastle United for a longer period.
Rafa Benitez interviewed on Spanish radio as reported/translated by The Mail:
Does Rafa see himself at Newcastle United for many more seasons?
“Yes, in principle, we are relaxed.