Magpies boss reveals his love for the North East as he eases fears over his future despite his fury at Mike Ashley over poor transfer window
RAFA BENITEZ has made it clear he will stay at Newcastle United.
The Spanish manager was furious at owner Mike Ashley over his failure to back him in the summer transfer window.
That led to a series of rumours Benitez, who is currently recovering from hip surgery, was ready to quit Tyneside.
However, he claims he is loving life at Newcastle despite his uneasy relationship with the club’s hierarchy.
Benitez said: “The North East already feels like home for me.
“I was made to feel so welcome by everybody at the club, the supporters and the city from my very first day.
“All I can do is continue to work hard every day and try my best to give them a team to be proud of.”
Benitez has had to make a decision on his future twice in recent times – firstly after last year’s relegation and following promotion after he received lucrative job offers from China.
But he revealed it was his two daughters, Claudia and Agata, who persuaded him to stay at Newcastle.
He told the North East Times magazine: “My family wanted me to stay in England after time away in Italy and Spain.
“And it is true my daughters were showing me what the fans were saying on social media at the time.
“They were looking on different social networks and saying, ‘You have to stay and win for these people – the fans love you here!’.”
Benitez’s side travel to Swansea this weekend as they look to record their second successive victory.
His squad have suffered a blow during the international break as Chancel Mbemba hobbled off for DR Congo with an adductor injury – potentially ruling him out for three months.
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