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Newcastle boss Benitez insists contract talks ‘not his priority’

Rafa Benitez was at pains to divert all questions away from his stalled contract talks today ahead of Newcastle’s meeting with Huddersfield on Saturday.

Benitez realises that a home fixture against the team rooted to the bottom of the table is one of his side’s best opportunities to pick up three points in their battle to avoid the drop this season.

The former Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss insisted that this weekend’s match should take priority for everyone at the club.

“It is not the priority. The priority is to be ready and focused on the Huddersfield game. That’s it,” Benitez told his pre-match press conference.

“The priority is to stay up and focus on the team. If we have any conversations I’m sure you will get the information. It’s not the priority- the priority is Huddersfield and getting the points to stay up.”

Benitez’ contract expires this summer and the Newcastle faithful will be hoping he extends his stay on Tyneside, preferably under a new owner if Mike Ashley does sell the club.

The Magpies are currently just one point above the relegation zone with 12 games remaining.

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