Benitez staying at Newcastle despite offers

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Rafael Benitez has revealed he has turned down approaches from other clubs in order to stay at Newcastle.

Rafael Benitez has revealed he has turned down approaches from other clubs in order to stay at Newcastle.

Benitez returns to former club Chelsea on Saturday with the Magpies, who are chasing their first Premier League win in five matches.

The Spaniard’s squad has yet to be strengthened during this month’s transfer window and as fans wait to learn of any progress with ongoing takeover talks, an air of despondency has descended on St James’ Park.

Benitez will see his contract in the north-east expire at the end of the season but he insists he would be ready to commit to the Toon if given certain assurances.

‘I had teams, agents, talking with more money than here,’ said Benitez, whose side have slipped to within two points of the drop zone.

‘When I say more money, more money than here. But still I want to do something here, I want to stay in England.

‘I’m close to my family, the fans have been fantastic, so you try to do something properly. It’s a challenge, but it’s a risk. Yes, it’s a risk.

‘But it’s a challenge and I will try to do my best to win every single game.’

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