EPL manager confirms approach from other clubs
Rafa Benitez has revealed that he has had offers from other clubs but insisted that he will stay at Newcastle United to achieve his targets.
Although the Spaniard did not reveal the real clubs that have approached him, the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss said those clubs are bigger and have more money than his current outfit. Reports have been rife that Magpies might be facing a takeover and fans have shown their frustrations with the current owner Mike Ashley. They want the club to spend more in the transfer window in order to acquire new faces.
“I had teams, agents, talking with more money than here. When I say more money, more money than here. But still I want to do something here, I want to stay in England. I'm close to my family, the fans have been fantastic, so you try to do something properly. Yes it's a risk but it's a challenge and I will try to do my best to win every single game. I said before, I wanted to come to England, to stay close to my family and then this club was an opportunity, to be in one of the top 10. You have the top six and then you could be there - between the seventh and the 10th. That was my view.” Benitez said.
“We were trying. We couldn't save the team in the first year and then we won the Championship, so we said 'okay, now is the time'. Then you say the first year is quite difficult, but we finished 10th, now is the time. Then it's the third year, and you try, you try, but... [sigh]. The reality is that we have to compete in a division when we cannot compete against Bournemouth, who are spending money. Forget about the top six, we have to compete against the others and we have to be realistic. That doesn't mean you are negative. Realistic, because you have the experience.
Magpies are chasing their first win in five matches.