Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Newcastle interested in signing Chelsea duo

Newcastle interested in signing Chelsea duo

Rafa Benitez says he is only in contact with current club Newcastle United despite continued speculation about his future.

The 28-year-old Netherlands worldwide has made just 16 appearances this season after being a mainstay in the side for several years, and looks nailed-on for a summer exit.

"The fans appreciate this togetherness, and the relationship we have created".

"This group of players have done so well, so it would be easy to say, "Okay, well you are already in the top ten". The players care, and the manager and staff and everybody.

"We were all working together to achieve what we wanted to achieve, which is success for the club".

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It was the Spaniard, more so than any manager, that harnessed the support of the crowd in European games at Anfield, and that twelfth man legacy has been ever-present in Liverpool's run to the final this year.

Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur are among the teams keeping tabs on Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles, according to reports in the British media.

"I thought I had a chance of sneaking into the friendly games but I didn't", he said. "Whoever he decides to go for, it's up to him and congratulations to the players who do go".

On a less positive note, he added: "On many occasions throughout the season they have been described as a Championship side, which I personally consider to be derogatory".

Kenedy took to Instagram and wrote: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Newcastle United".

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"Finally, I would like to thank the fans for their unrivalled support of Rafa and the team throughout the season".

And after Gary Lineker read out the statement on Match of the Day, Newcastle legend Alan Shearer wasn't having any of it.

Chelsea, on the other hand, might face a lot of issues following a disastrous campaign, where they have also failed to secure Champions League qualification by finishing fifth in the league table.

"If you don't have the money, the main thing is to be sure that if you sell this one for £40million, you have two at £20million who can do well".

"When I went there, they were in a bad position and we finished third and we won the Europa League".

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