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Benitez discusses details of meeting with Ashley

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Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez insists nothing has changed despite having a meeting with club owner Mike Ashley.

Ashley met the former Real Madrid manager at St. James Park following last weekend’s 3-0 home win against Cardiff City.

Benitez, who has refused to talk about potential addictions during this transfer window since admitting he was concerned after the Magpies loss to Liverpool last month, wouldn’t reveal much about his meeting with Ashley, who has been pushing the manager to sign a new contract for the past 12 months.

However, the 58-year-old, who is expected to leave the club in the summer when his contract expires if the club refuse to invest in the squad, says the situation has not changed.

Asked if he was happier after speaking to Ashley, Benitez said: “I’m exactly the same.”

“I don’t need to talk about what we were talking about, because it was a private conversation.”

“But, more or less, we’re in the same situation. We have to wait.”

Asked by the Gazette if he was still worried, Benitez said:

“We are where we are, so we will see.”

Ashley, who put Newcastle up for sale 18 months ago, congratulated Benitez and the players on the Cardiff win.

The result lifted the club out of the Premier League’s relegation zone.

“We had a good conversation,” said Benitez.”

“We were talking about Cardiff, the three points and everything. It’s fine, but still we are where we are.”