By Russell Edge

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has allayed fears over his future by stating that he expects to be manager next year regardless of the ongoing takeover talks.

The club are currently up for sale by owner Mike Ashley and British businesswoman Amanda Staveley, who is fronting an approach from PCP Capital Partners, has engaged in negotiations with the Sports Direct supremo to try and come to a deal which would see her takeover the club.

However talks are said to be progressing slowly after a reported rejected first bid from Staveley, which was said to be in the region of £300million.

When asked about his future on Tyneisde, Benitez insisted that he expected to be in the St James’ Park dugout this time next year, regardless of whether a takeover deal is reached or not.

Asked if he would still be manager in a year’s time if Ashley was still at the helm, he told the Daily Mail: “I think so. I’m happy with this group of players, they’re improving, they’re learning.

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“Was I disappointed after the lack of investment in the summer? Yes, but this is still a challenge for me.”

The Spanish boss publicly voiced his frustrations at the club’s inability to secure his transfer targets over the summer, and with a frayed relationship between himself and Ashley, this latest update on his future will be exciting to Newcastle fans, who may have been worrying that the manager would have walked away.

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