Benitez warns Chelsea off bid for key £30m-rated Newcastle star

  • Benitez warns Chelsea off bid for key £30m-rated Newcastle star

Benitez warns Chelsea off bid for key £30m-rated Newcastle star

"I think it is clear that after staying up you have the potential to fight to be in the top ten", Benitez said.

Striker Joselu tweeted: "I just can say THANK YOU".

Benitez says Newcastle have had a "great" season and wants them to build on what they have achieved.

Until the very last minute on Sunday, Benitez was marshalling along the touch-line, kicking every ball and at times practically walking some of the players through the game. I'm delighted to be part of this team and city. "Whoever he decides to go for, it's up to him and congratulations to the players who do go".

If you are out there defending Mike Ashley, then you are not defending the best thing that has happened to Newcastle United since the days of Sir Bobby Robson.

Despite the fact his own future at St James' Park is in doubt as his representatives discuss a contract extension, the manager is already planning for the new campaign and is keen to retain the services of his 24-year-old captain.

With the game over as a contest, neither side were prepared to put too much effort into the closing stages and the game naturally petered out, with Newcastle ending the season on a high and Chelsea left needing to regroup ahead of next week's FA Cup final with Manchester United.

Rafa Benitez has spoken publicly about his future as Newcastle United manager amid speculation the Spaniard will be leaving the club.

"On many occasions throughout the season, they have been described as a Championship side, which I personally consider to be derogatory".

This should be greeted in positive fashion by Magpies fans, who have seen Benitez guide their team to tenth in the Premier League in their first season after winning the Championship.

And the winger, on a half-season loan from Chelsea, said goodbye to United fans after the game through a message on his Instagram account.

The speculation regarding the future of Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has been enormous in the past few months and with his disappointing results, it might be the right time for Chelsea to finally consider sacking the former Juventus manager.

It's not easy being a Newcastle fan, especially following Newcastle away from home, but when you have a manager whose attitude is so in tune with his players and the fans, it makes things an bad lot easier.