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Newcastle boss Benitez gives short shrift when asked about Leicester links

Rafael Benitez has moved to distance himself from the now vacant managerial role at Leicester City.

Leicester City ended Claude Puel’s short reign at the King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon after the Foxes suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat to Crystal Palace less than 24 hours previous.

Since then, a whole host of managers, both in and out of work have been linked with the post, including Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez, who has less than six months remaining on his deal at St James Park.

Throughout his tenure in the North East, the Spaniard has consistently been left frustrated by Magpies owner Mike Ashley, who has hardly backed him in the transfer market, before finally dipping his hand in his pocket to bring Miguel Almiron to the club on deadline day last month.

Speaking ahead of Newcastle’s game against Burnley this evening, the former Liverpool boss was quizzed regarding the reported interest in him from Leicester, although rather unsurprisingly, he gave the question short shrift, insisting that he is focussing on his current job.

“You know my answer,” he said in his pre-match media briefing.

“I am really focused on the next game, we have to do a job and stay up.

“I understand the issue of my contract and the position is something you have to ask.”

Read also: Five favourites to be named Leicester City boss.

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