Benitez admits he ‘would like to stay’ at Newcastle before talks with Mike Ashley

Rafael Benitez has admitted that he ‘would like to stay’ at Newcastle as he prepares for talks about his future with owner Mike Ashley.

The Spaniard is out-of-contract at St James’ Park, with the former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager wanting assurance over the club’s ambition before committing his long-term future to the club.

Newcastle finished the campaign with a convincing 4-0 win at Fulham, securing a 13th-placed finish in the Premier League table.

Prior to the game, Benitez had told fans to ‘wait another 10 days’ for an update on his future, as he decides whether to remain in the North East.

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Benitez has also admitted he wants ‘something more’, with talks set to begin with Ashley on whether he will extend his three-year stay at the club.

The club’s fans have desperately been imploring the 59-year-old to remain on Tyneside, with Benitez’s admission he ‘would like to stay’ a positive sign ahead of the talks.

“We have been talking about that for a while. My answer is always the same. We will have a meeting, hopefully next week, and we will see where we are,” Benitez told Sky Sports.

“I would like to stay. I can see the potential of this massive club and hopefully we can do things in the way that would be good for everyone to move forward.

“Maybe together, but at the moment we just keep talking and we will see what happens next week.”

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