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Rafa Benitez extends invitation to Mike Ashley at Newcastle

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez says Mike Ashley is welcome to watch training "whenever he wants".

The Daily Mail today reported that Newcastle United owner Ashley was unhappy that he hadn't been invited to watch a training session.

Ashley visited the training ground to speak to Benitez's predecessors and watching sessions.

United manager Benitez today said: "The owner is the owner and he is always welcome here, so no problems.

"It's no problem if he wants to come, or anyone. We are a professional club and we are open to anyone.

“But he is the owner, so he can come here whenever he wants.”

Ashley hasn't attended a home game for more than a year.