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Benitez only concentrating on football amid Newcastle takeover speculation

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez insists his side will continue to concentrate on football amidst talk of a takeover at the club.

Owner Mike Ashley has said he is prepared to sell the club, and is believed to be in negotiations with up to four prospective buyers.

Despite speculation regarding the future of the club, Benitez insists football remains his chief focus.

“We understand because I am someone with some experience. The best way to manage this situation is to concentrate on what depends on you. For us, it is just to prepare the games, give the right training sessions and give the proper instructions to our players to make sure we are ready for the next game.’’ Benitez told BBC’s Radio 5 Live.

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“People talking about the takeover doesn’t mean anything to us. We just have to stay calm and do what we can do now and prepare the game properly.

“Obviously, (if the club was taken over) I wouldn’t have to talk about it and I could concentrate on football but this is the way now.

“I understand you have to ask the questions and I understand I have to give the right answers but at the same time, my priority is focusing on the games.

“I can’t control the situation with the takeover.”

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