Celtic move for Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez a 'non-starter'

Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez arrives for the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool FC at St. James Park

Newcastle rounded off their Premier League campaign in style with an emphatic 4-0 win over relegated Fulham, Jonjo Shelvey, Ayoze Perez, Fabian Schar and Salomon Rondon all on target at Craven Cottage.

Lascelles and his team-mates, like Newcastle's supporters, are now waiting for news.

"I try to enjoy what happens today and we will see what will happen".

"Since he's been here, he's been great".

The Sun is reporting that Arsenal are interested in a potential deal to sign the Newcastle forward to bolster their attacking options ahead of the new Premier League season. It not, maybe you have to keep talking or maybe not.

"We've waited 8 months, so we can wait another 10 days".

Lascelles said: "He's just so calm - other managers can lose their heads".

"It's important, as players, we had someone like that".

Winger Matt Ritchie is confident that Benitez will stay at the club, though Lascelles is unsure. "It's not down to us, but hopefully he stays".

Celtic know themselves that bringing a high calibre manager in on big wages will mean they would also have to offer a big budget and that's something the club wouldn't even do for Brendan Rodgers. Last season, the Toon managed to earn a top ten finish with 44 points, but this time around finishing tenth in the standings would have required 52 points, so it goes to show that the competition has improved.



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