Rafael Benitez’s future at Newcastle is still uncertain and he has now admitted that he wants to compete for more than just Premier League survival.
After a season battling relegation, Newcastle‘s recent upturn in form has seen them comfortably avoid the drop, with the Magpies currently sitting in 14th, 11 points ahead of already relegated Cardiff.
Benitez’s current contract at St. James Park is set to expire in the summer, and despite the Toon Army urging him to stay at the club from the Terraces, there seems to have been little progress in talks with the club regarding a new deal, with the 59-year-old wanting more backing from controversial owner Mike Ashley.
Having recently suggesting he harbours ambitions of winning the Champions League again, the Spaniard has once again outlined his ambitions for success and urged the North East club to match the ambitions of their passionate fans, saying he wants to ‘compete for something more’ than just Premier League survival.
“We have had and will have conversations over the next couple of weeks and see where we are,” Benitez told Sky Sports.
“It’s so simple, you have the potential, you can feel the potential and the passion of the fans and what it means to them. We have to compete with the teams that are around us, but it’s not easy.
“I am really proud and pleased because we stayed up, but I’d like to compete for something more.
“Hopefully we can go closer and match the ambition of the fans.”