Rafael Benitez will remain as manager of Newcastle United after signing a new three-year contract, despite having a break clause in his contract allowing him to leave the club following their relegation from the Premier League.
The 56-year old Spaniard committed his future to Newcastle after getting assurances that he would be given total control over all football matters at the club and none of the players needed to be sold despite their relegated status.
Benitez believes he can lead the Tyneside club to an immediate return to the top flight, adding that he would like to emulate Sir Bobby Robson, the last manager to bring Champions League football to St James’ Park.
“I am here because I am convinced we can go up next season, stay there for a long time and even win trophies,” said the former Liverpool, Chelsea, and Real Madrid boss
“I would like to build something. I would like to be close to Sir Bobby, that would be fantastic.”
Rafa has already started preparing his list of summer transfer targets, and insists he is under no pressure to offload high-earning stars such as Andros Townsend, Georginio Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko.
He added: “Football business, I will have responsibility of. The main thing is that I have assurances we will have a strong team and a winning team.
“What I have is the assurance that if I don’t want to sell any players I don’t have to. We can keep all the players who we want.”