By Will Butcher

Nolberto Solano has urged the Newcastle board to give Rafa Benitez the funds to improve his side after they gained promotion to the Premier League.

Benitez watched on from the touchline as the Toon confirmed an instant return to England’s top flight with a 4-1 win over Preston at St. James’ Park, with two games still to play.

Posting a video on his personal Twitter account congratulating the work done by the Spaniard, former Magpies winger Solano also posted a caption stating he wants Benitez to be backed.

He claimed that the former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager must now be given the funds to “build a team worthy of the fans” on Tyneside in order to remain in the Premier League.

“Congratulations Newcastle and congratulations to Rafa Benitez,” Solano said. “I think everybody knew he could do the job, he did, and everybody must be pleased with him.

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“All the fans deserve it because they are always behind the team. So, again, congratulations and all the best next season.”

Goals from Matt Ritchie and Christian Atsu as well as a brace from Ayoze Perez saw off the challenge of Preston, who went down to 10 men midway through the second half.

The Toon now have two Championship games to play and they remain four points behind league leaders Brighton, as they travel to Cardiff on Friday before hosting Barnsley on May 7.

Peruvian star Solano had two spells with Newcastle, first moving to the north east in 1998 from Boca Juniors before leaving to join Aston Villa in 2004. He rejoined in 2005 for two more years.

In total, the 42-year-old fan favourite made 327 appearance in all competitions for Newcastle, scoring 26 goals.

In other Newcastle news, this England international is most likely to sign for Newcastle according to Sky Whispers.

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