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Rafael Benitez: Newcastle boss says teams with more money want him in charge

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Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez says he has rejected various offers to take charge at other clubs, despite the prospect of larger budgets there.

"I had teams, agents, talking with more money than here," said Benitez.

But former Valencia and Liverpool boss Benitez insisted he did not share the fans' frustration over the lack of new signings, despite claims that he and Ashley do not speak directly.

"Forget about the top six, we have to compete against the others and we have to be realistic," said Benitez.

Benitez was named Premier League manager of the month for November, with the Magpies beginning the month 19th in the table with no wins from their first 10 games, before three straight victories moved them out of the relegation zone.

Newcastle have equalled their lowest points tally after 21 matches of a Premier League season - they also had 18 at this stage in 2015-16, when they were relegated - amid ongoing uncertainty about a possible takeover.

But recent defeats by Liverpool and Manchester United and draws with Watford and Fulham mean Newcastle are now seeking a first Premier League win in five matches, and they return to Benitez's former club Chelsea, currently in fourth place, on Saturday.
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