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Mike Ashley’s £15m decision will surely determine Benitez’s future at Newcastle United

The Newcastle United fans have been in fine spirits in the Transfer Tavern this week since they watched their side record a 3-0 victory over Southampton at St James’ Park.

Rafa Benitez’s side took a huge step towards securing their Premier League survival last Saturday as they stormed past a hapless Southampton side to open up a 5-point gap between themselves and the bottom- three. The Magpies victory arrived courtesy of a first-half brace from Kenedy before Matt Ritchie wrapped up the three points in the second-half with a well-placed effort from the edge of the area. In the aftermath of proceedings, the Toon Army propping up our bar were waxing lyrical about Kenedy who did brilliantly to keep his nerve and open the scoring after just two minutes.

The quality of Kenedy’s performances for Newcastle since joining the club from Chelsea in the January transfer window has been one of the highlights of the season so far, and his goal-scoring heroics on Saturday afternoon served to further enhance his glowing reputation on Tyneside.

Kenedy’s form for the club has been so impressive that the club are now convinced that they should attempt to sign the Brazilian on a permanent contract once his loan deal expires at the end of the season, according to The Daily Mirror. The report claims that Newcastle will have to pay £15 million to prise him away from Chelsea this summer, which represents an absolute bargain price in the current market for a player of Kenedy’s ability.

Newcastle should be eager to secure the 22-year-old’s signature because of the obvious quality he can bring to the club, but also to ensure that Rafa Benitez decides to stay at Newcastle beyond the end of the season. As things stand, Benitez will only have one year left on his current deal once the season reaches its conclusion, so there is no doubt he will be considering his future during the summer.

Without Benitez, Newcastle would be stuck within the bottom-three at this stage in the season with little hope of staying up, so it’s absolutely imperative that Mike Ashley can persuade him to sign an extension on his current deal. The signing of Kenedy would certainly go along way to convincing Benitez to stay at the club beyond 2019, but if Ashley fails to stump up the cash for his signature then Newcastle’s much-loved manager will surely decide to call time on his stint in the North-East.

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