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Benitez makes Newcastle United decision amid tense January window

Newcastle United supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side lose 3-1 at Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday, a result which has seen them fall to within a point of the relegation zone.

Rafa Benitez’s men went into their clash with the Citizens having won two and drawn one of their three games in 2018, results which had put some distance between themselves and the bottom three. However, a hat-trick from Sergio Aguero inflicted a 13th league defeat of the campaign on the Magpies on Saturday, with Jacob Murphy’s effort in the second half proving to be nothing more than a consolation for the North East giants, who slipped to within a point of the relegation mire following Stoke City’s win over Huddersfield.

Thus, there have been many disappointed Newcastle fans in the Tavern in recent times, yet they are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from The Daily Telegraph, which suggests that manager Benitez has decided to put contract talks on hold until after the current transfer window.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss has been in the Magpies hotseat for just under two years now and of course helped the club to Championship promotion, and has another 18 months on his current deal at St James’ Park.

However, the North East outfit have yet to bring in any additions to the squad this month despite the Spaniard making it abundantly clear throughout the season that reinforcements are needed, and the 57-year-old is reportedly willing to put his own future on hold to push through much-needed January deals.

Yet given their inability to bring players in so far, one wonders whether Benitez is waiting to see how the window pans out before considering committing his future to Newcastle.

Landlord’s verdict: It has been a testing few weeks for Newcastle United and Rafa Benitez, what with the takeover of the club now seriously unlikely to happen, and no new signings through the door 22 days into the transfer window.

And the Spaniard is reportedly unwilling to enter contract talks with the Magpies until after the January window, in the hope to focus all his efforts on bringing in key additions in their battle to avoid Premier League relegation.

And with Benitez having been unable to get his own way in terms of transfer so far at Newcastle, one senses that the final nine days of this tense window will play a huge part in deciding the 57-year-old’s future on Tyneside.

Newcastle fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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