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Rafa Benitez knows that his squad have been very fortunate with injuries this season and the squad needs significant strengthening, the last few months of the season saw Rafa relying on the same 11 players week in week out, with nobody capable of coming in and matching what they could give.

Newcastle could finish in the top half in the Premier League after Benitez led them back to the top flight at the first attempt last season, though the Spaniard has not hidden his dissatisfaction at the funds available at the club in the past year.

Newcastle deservedly ended a run of four successive defeats under former Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez to earn a top-10 finish.

When Rafael Benitez joined Real Madrid in June 2015, you always got the sense it was a marriage destined for a messy divorce.

Newcastle are safe. The task for Rafa Benitez going into this campaign was simple, keep them up.

And then there's Rafa Benitez at Newcastle.

"The fans, they have ambitions, we have ambitions".

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Striker Joselu tweeted: "I just can say THANK YOU".

Bernat has been second choice at Bayern Munich this season and it also remains to be seen whether Kenedy will look to move to Germany and risk sitting on the bench again or consider staying in the north east to benefit from playing regularly at St. James' Park.

Working under infamously tough owner Mike Ashley, Benitez has constantly been working on a shoe-string budget, but those he has acquired have by in large turned into great successes.

Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur are among the teams keeping tabs on Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles, according to reports in the British media.

"I would like to thank Rafa Benitez for his magnificent achievement this season", he said in a statement issued on the club's official website.

"There are not too many young centre-backs who can play in the Premier League and they are English, so he has many positive things". We need someone pointing us in the right direction it would be ideal for him to stay.