Rafa Benitez reveals conversation with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez says he will meet Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley.

Benitez's side secured a return to the Premier League this week.

And United's manager has spoken to Ashley since Monday night's 4-1 win over Preston North End.

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The club was yesterday raided as part of an HMRC investigation into payments to players.

Managing director Lee Charnley was arrested and released without charge.

Asked about the probe, Benitez said: "There is an investigation about something that happened four or five years ago. I will not talk about the investigation."

Asked if he would be in charge next season after the Preston game, Benitez said: "You never know. That's football."

The 57-year-old will meet Ashley at the end of the season to discuss transfer plans and his own future.

“I was talking with Mike Ashley," said Benitez. "We have had this conversation about what is going on, what we will do next and how we will prepare for next season and everything.

“At the moment, if you are asking if he has congratulated me, yes. Ad we will discuss the future of the club, the future of myself, the and everything.

"We will do it in the professional way that I like to do things.

“I will have the meeting with him in, I don’t know, days or maybe a week, or something like this.

“Do I have a decision to make about the future? I am quite confident that everything will be fine, but my focus is on the remaining games."

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