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‘Disappointed’ Benitez in the dark about Newcastle takeover by former Man Utd and Chelsea chief

Rafael Benitez has said that he is disappointed in the manner of Newcastle’s defeat to Leicester City while saying that he is in the dark about any potential takeover of the club.

Newcastle remain in the bottom three having failed to win any of their opening seven Premier League games of the season, with today’s 2-0 defeat to the Foxes the latest disappointing result.

There has been speculation within the media that former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon is in talks with owner Mike Ashley regarding a potential takeover of the club, but the Spaniard has denied all knowledge, insisting his focus remains of matters on the field.

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“Obviously I am disappointed, we conceded two goals from set-pieces and didn’t take our chances.

“The second goal killed us mentally. Leicester were well organised and worked hard and they have some good players.

“When you concede it is always difficult for you. When things are not going in your favour you concede penalties like that.

“We have to manage the squad, we tried to be more offensive but we didn’t take our chances and we were exposed in the second half. The team is working hard, you cannot complain about that.

“I have not spoken to Mike Ashley today, but if he is around it is positive. We have to concentrate on things on the pitch.

“I don’t know anything about a takeover, I just concentrate on the pitch.”

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