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'I'm only talking to Newcastle': Benitez plays down leaving Magpies

16 May 2018

The 33-year-old has only scored five goals in 31 appearances across all competitions in his debut season for Spurs this campaign.

David Wagner keeping Huddersfield in the Premier League, Sean Dyche leading Burnley to Europe and Roy Hodgson turning around Crystal Palace's fortunes are just three examples of superb overachieving.

Newcastle are set to jettison Aleksandar Mitrovic and Spanish flop Joselu, meaning they want two new strikers, with Benitez targeting a deal for Abraham.

"Maybe this achievement will be close the top trophies which I have won but I wouldn't say it is more or less than this or the other one but I really proud of this achievement".

With the win Rafael Benitez men finished the season in the first half of the table in 10th place while Chelsea will have to make do with Europa League football as their 70 points haul could only help them to a 5th place finish.

Benitez looked to land Abraham last summer, but he opted for Swansea - however, Chelsea are now keen for both players to go out on loan again - and Newcastle are set to get first option on both players.

"Rafa, as always, has my full support, and contrary to some media reports that portray me as a pantomime villain, I will continue to ensure that every penny generated by the club is available to him".

Rafa Benitez suggests Napoli do not take enough "risks" in the transfer market and ruled out a return as "I'm talking to Newcastle United about my renewal".

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Newcastle fans tend to take them all with a high sense of scepticism.

It's safe to say that Alan Shearer doesn't trust Mike Ashley.

After the win against his former club, Benitez insisted that he wanted to carry on with the Magpies to build on their decent season.

But one thing is for sure, Jonjo Shelvey is destined for greater things if he can remain honest.

"I think it is different because you are talking about the league", he said.

"The fans, they have ambitions, we have ambitions". The potential is there.

Therefore the Magpies must swoop for Llorente in the summer as with a little bit of Benitez magic, he will be exactly what they need.

'I'm only talking to Newcastle': Benitez plays down leaving Magpies