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Ashley wants Newcastle United to secure future of key man – Report

The Newcastle United fans here in the Transfer Tavern believe Premier League survival is now all but a certainty. After their third consecutive win at home in a row on Saturday, our resident Geordies reckon they start turning their attention towards the summer window. 

Now, transfer windows under Mike Ashley’s ownership have never proven to be easy and our drinkers clad in black and white remain unsure as to whether or not they will have a hold of Rafa Benitez. While the Spaniard still has a year left on his deal, the fact the Magpies haven’t yet been sold will keep suggestions he could leave St. James’ Park rife.

However, according to the Times, the Sports Direct mogul wants the former Real Madrid manager to sign a contract extension. Whether or not Ashley will remain in ownership of the club for much longer remains to be seen, though he reportedly wants to the ex-Liverpool coach extend his deal as surely it’ll help attract other potential buyers.

For the first time in a long time it seems, both the Toon Army and Mike Ashley want the same thing.

Landlord’s Verdict: 

If Newcastle can get to 40 points as soon as possible and secure Benitez’s long-term future, the club could be well set-up for next season. Clarity over his position and a new buyer would help give the Magpies a real lift next season, one they need to push on in as they look to restore former glories.

Thoughts? 

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