Newcastle United update: Benitez lays it on the line, Ben Arfa on transfer speculation

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez says Newcastle United must treat their final games like three cup finals.

Benitez's second-bottom side take on Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace at St James's Park in the Premier League on Saturday.

Newcastle, a point adrift of 17th-placed Sunderland, could climb out of the bottom three with a win.

United manager Benitez has been speaking about what his team can – and can't – do between now and the end of the campaign.

Jack Colback scored Newcastle's equaliser against Liverpool last weekend.

And the midfielder feels the team can take inspiration from his former club Sunderland escape from the drop two years ago.

Benitez has also given an update about forgotten man Yoan Gouffran.

Meanwhile, former Newcastle forward Hatem Ben Arfa has been talking about his return to form at Nice – and his future.

Ben Arfa has been linked with a return to England, with Liverpool said to be interested in signing him.