Rafa Benitez has made it clear that he isn’t interested in fighting any more relegation battles at Newcastle United.
The Toon manager hopes to transform Newcastle into a “top eight” team and wants financial backing from owner Mike Ashley to support his vision, Chronicle Live reports .
Former Liverpool boss Benitez moved to St James’ Park in 2016, but couldn’t prevent their relegation from the Premier League.
But he was convinced to stay on and oversaw their immediate return to the top division.
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Speaking about his future to Marca, Benitez said: “The owner (Mike Ashley) knows it: me and my team are looking for a future project, competitive and ambitious.
“Let’s see if we are in the same line.
“I stayed in Newcastle and it was a high risk. We could not save them the first year, we missed a couple of games, but the next we went up.
“It is a top club and to stay was a sign that we are professional coaches. We are in it to win titles.”
The Spaniard’s contract with Newcastle expires in June, and it has been speculated that frustration with Ashley’s lack of investment in players could see him walk away for another club.
But the Toon finally broke their 14-year-old transfer record in January to bring in Paraguayan playmaker Miguel Almiron for £21million.
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Benitez said: “The idea was to invest to enter the top 10, but the money did not reach the expected level.
“Now we are once again solving a problem of that lack of investment.
“Each owner manages his club as he wants.
“Newcastle has everything to be there, in the top eight, but it is not happening.
“I hope it is done in the future.”