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Sky Sports journalist delivers Newcastle talks update that fans will absolutely love

By Will Butcher

Rafa Benitez is set to remain in charge of Newcastle next season after pledging his future to the north east club, according to a Sky journalist.

Sky Sports’ north east correspondent Keith Downie revealed on his personal Twitter account that Benitez will continue in his role as manager after holding talks with Toon owner Mike Ashley.

Fans will be delighted at the news after Benitez guided the Toon to an instant return to the Premier League as champions after suffering relegation from England’s top tier last season.

He is thought of highly on the terraces at St. James’ Park, after continuing as manager even though the Toon dropped into the Championship – a level way below an elite manager like Benitez.

He is likely to have sought promises from Ashley, after the Telegraph claimed the Spaniard wants a £70million transfer budget and similar visions of re-establishing the Toon as a top eight team in the Premier League with Ashley.

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The news will come as a huge boost to the Magpies, as Benitez had failed to reassure his current club that he would remain on Tyneside despite gaining promotion back to the Premier League.

Newcastle returned to England’s top flight at the first time of asking under Benitez, pipping Brighton to first place on Sunday with a 3-0 win over Barnsley.

Former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss Benitez guided his side to 29 victories in 46 Championship encounters this season, outscoring the rest of the division with 85 goals.

The 57-year-old has a contract until the summer of 2019 with Ashley’s Magpies, and could now see out the remainder of that deal in the managerial hotseat at St. James’ Park.

In other Newcastle news, this £17million defender is being eyed by Benitez after a recommendation from one of his players.

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