Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed that further talks over his future at the club are imminent as he reveals the next step before sealing a deal is to talk to managing director Lee Charnley.

The Spaniard’s future is up in the air as he edges closer to the final year of his current deal, a contract he penned in 2016 and expires in 2019.

When probed about his future, the former Liverpool boss was quick to insist that there was no new update on the situation but that he would be holding discussions this coming week, with a meeting with Charnley also necessary to get closer to agreeing something.

He was quoted on journalist Sean McCormick’s personal Twitter account as saying: “We have things organised, we will go to Ireland & things like that.

“This week we‘ll have another conversation (on his future) & see where we are.

“My people have to talk to Lee Charnley & see how it will progress. We are talking & still no news.”

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This is not the news that Newcastle fans wanted to hear but they will be somewhat relieved to hear that talks are planned and discussions are still taking place. Tying the Spaniard down on a long-term deal is perhaps the most important thing for the Magpies to do ahead of the summer window, for without him at the helm there is little chance of ever making progress. The wonders he was worked with what was primarily a Championship winning side has been outstanding and he is deserving of the praise coming his way for the club’s achievements. Letting Benitez go would quite possibly be the biggest mistake the club have made in decades and would only push them back towards the bottom of the table – not to mention the rage that would transpire from the Toon Army. After the Chelsea game on Sunday, all focus must be on getting him to agree terms on a new deal, which would be the perfect start to the summer.

In other Newcastle United news, the club are facing a summer-defining £22million battle ahead of the window.

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