Newcastle United defender Florian Lejeune has admitted that it was the prospect of working for Rafa Benitez that was a large part of his decision to join the Magpies last summer.

As quoted in the Newcastle Chronicle, the Paris-born centre-back admitted that it was the lure of playing for the Champions League winner that convinced him of a move away from La Liga side Eibar.

The 26-year-old said:“It is an absolute joy and honour to play for Rafa Benitez.

“To work with him each day is great for me.

“I came to sign for Newcastle United pretty much for Rafa Benitez, which I have mentioned a few times.

“Rafa Benitez has won so many trophies in different leagues and countries.

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“He’s won the Champions League and Europa League and he has trained some very big teams such as Real Madrid and Liverpool.”

Lejeune also went on to say that he expects the experience the Spanish manager has will guide the side clear of the drop.

As it stands the Magpies Premier League status is hanging in the balance.

Two points is all that separates them and Swansea City who are 17th in the league table.

However, just one defeat in the last five league games has seen the side gain some consistency, but a trip to Liverpool on Saturday is unlikely to yield any kind of success for Benitez’ men.

The Reds are free-scoring and high-flying and it would be hard to see anything other than three points to Jurgen Klopp’s team.

But given that Newcastle got an unlikely victory against Manchester United in February, all hope is not completely gone.

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