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Benitez hints at Newcastle exit as he admits he wants ‘an ambitious project’

Rafael Benitez has suggested that his future may lie away from Newcastle United after he admitted he wants to work for a club with ‘an ambitious project’ and wants to be challenging for trophies.

The Spanish manager has earned hero status during his three-year spell at St. James Park, where despite having very little funds to work with, has maintained the Magpies’ Premier League status having secured their promotion from the Championship in his first full season at the club.

It is the first time that the 58-year-old has been at a club that hasn’t been towards the upper end of the table, having previously spent time at the likes of Valencia, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Real Madrid.

However, he has yet to commit his future to Newcastle where he has less than six months remaining on his contract, and he has revealed that he wants to manage a team that is challenging for honours, something that seems a long way off at Newcastle as it stands.

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“[I want to continue managing] For another 10 years at least,” he told Spanish publication, AS.

“And mostly in England, where you can work as a manager.

“I’m talking about an ambitious project for the future with the possibility, at the level that you are at, of competing and winning.

“When you have won titles you want to carry on fighting for that goal.

“We want to get back to competing for titles if possible.

“It depends mainly on those in the boardroom, on how those that make the decisions allow the professionals to do their job.”

Newcastle’s 2-0 win over Burnley on Tuesday evening moved them up to the dizzy heights of 13th in the table, six points above the drop zone.

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