Rafa Benitez reacts to speculation linking Newcastle with Steven Gerrard

Rafa Benitez has reacted to speculation linking Newcastle United with Steven Gerrard.

Friday, 18th November 2016, 1:38 pm
Updated Monday, 21st November 2016, 12:26 pm
Steven Gerrard

Gerrard – who played under Benitez at Liverpool – is leaving MLS club LA Galaxy at the end of the year and returning to England.

And the 36-year-old has been linked with a number of clubs, including Championship leaders Newcastle.

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Gerrard has also reportedly had contact with MK Dons over the vacant managerial role at the League One club, while the former England international has also been strongly linked with a reunion with Brendan Rodgers at Celtic.

Asked about speculation over Gerrard, United manager Benitez said: "I saw he was linked with us.

"He's a fantastic player. He has the understanding of the game to do well as a manager.

"He's one of the best players I have ever had. He can do well if he follows this (managerial) path."