Rafa Benitez responds to speculation linking him with West Ham job

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez has brushed aside renewed speculation linking him with West Ham United.

Slaven Bilic is under pressure at the Premier League club.

I can concentrate on my target, which is to win. That’s it.

Rafa Benitez

And it was claimed this week that West Ham were considering a summer move for Benitez, who came close to taking over at the club before he joined Real Madrid in 2015.

Benitez – who was disappointed at United’s failure to strengthen in January’s transfer window – will hold talks with the club’s hierarchy in the summer.

In the meantime, Newcastle’s manager – whose Championship-leading side take on Wigan Athletic at St James’s Park this afternoon – insists he won’t be distracted from the job at hand.

Asked about the West Ham speculation, he said: “My message is very clear.

“I don’t want to waste much time talking about the next signings or the manager. Why do I need to talk about ‘maybe this’ or ‘maybe that’.

“It’s very clear. Concentrate on Wigan and try to win and get promoted and go up.

“I can concentrate on my target, which is to win. That’s it.”