Jamaal Lascelles: Newcastle must do everything to keep Rafa Benitez

Jamaal Lascelles: Newcastle must do everything to keep Rafa Benitez

The main agenda of the flag display aside from the continuation of trying to better the atmosphere is in a way of paying tribute to the players and staff of Newcastle United but most importantly, express the love for the catalyst.

And then there's Rafa Benitez at Newcastle.

With the visitors knowing only a win will give them any chance of climbing into the top four, Benitez's men face a tough task, but he wants them to go out on a high as they attempt to hold on to 10th place.

Supporters chanted "Rafa Benitez, we want you to stay" during the game.

Benitez says he was "proud" to hear fans chant his name at St James's Park.

Benitez's representatives have had talks with United managing director Lee Charnley over a new contract and the club's summer transfer budget.

"They made me some offers to stay here for a few more years, plus I have to manage my family: if I chose to go to Newcastle and stay there, even in the Championship, it's also because of my family".

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is keen for manager Rafa Benitez to stay at the Premier League club, with the English businessman promising investment in the squad ahead of the next campaign. "Finally, I would like to thank the fans for their unrivalled support of Rafa and the team throughout the season".

Islam Slimani has showed glimpses of the terrific form he failed to show up front at Leicester City, and Kenedy's arrival on loan from Chelsea in January has brought a much-needed touch of flair to supplement the harder working players.

Meanwhile, Antonio Conte's Chelsea heads into the final day of the Premier League in hope of a miracle to find their way into next season's Champions League football.

"Now we have to be sure that we do the right things and then what I have said so many times - we need to be on the same page". They're tied with three other teams on 41-points, meaning they have a fight on their hands to secure a top-half finish.

"At the moment, it is just to be sure we know how close we are and carry on".

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