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Benitez “not even close” to a new deal with Newcastle

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace at St. James Park on April 06, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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The Spanish coach says he’s holding talks with the club, but his contract is still set to expire at the end of the 2018-2019 season.

At the end of the 2018-2019 English Premier League, Rafael Benitez’ contract is set to expire.

The Spanish coach has revealed he is in talks with the club to continue at the helm, but according to him he’s “not even close” to sign a new deal.

“I said [in Friday’s press conference] there were conversations, that’s it. Normally when you have negotiated you have to talk, and then have to see whether we are close or not. At the moment we are not too close,” Benitez was quoted by Sky Sports.

“You cannot believe you have lost. Not even drawn, but lost. With the chances that we’ve had with the control of the game we had. Yes, we know they are dangerous on the counter, but we made too many mistakes in the last minutes.”

He continued: “We had enough chances to win the game, but for sure not to lose the game.”

“These kinds of games leave you very disappointed but we have to carry on. Every game is a final, I’ve said so many times. We have seven points but still, we must think about what we can do to get more.”

Newcastle United is currently in the 15th position of the Premier League table with 35 points, after nine wins, eight draws, and 16 defeats.

The team still has five matches left to play, as they don’t want to even get near the relegation zone. They will play against Leicester City, Southampton, Brighton and Hove Albion, Liverpool, and Fulham.