Rafa Benitez waits on summer transfer budget at Newcastle

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez is yet to find out his summer transfer budget at Newcastle United.

The club last night won promotion to the Premier League.

Benitez was coy about his future after Newcastle's 4-1 win over Preston North End at St James's Park.

Asked if he would be at the club next season, United's manager said: "You never know – that’s football."

There were reports today that Benitez has been given a £70million transfer kitty by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.

The stories originated from an interview Benitez did with Spanish radio station SER Cadena.

However, the rough figure mentioned by Benitez related to the playing budget for this season.

And the Gazette understands that Benitez is yet to learn how much he will have to spend in the summer.

Benitez will hold talks with the club's hierarchy at the end of the campaign.

United are set for a £100million-plus TV rights windfall from the Premier League next season.