Newcastle icon Shearer questions Ashley transfer comments

Newcastle United's English defender Jamaal Lascelles clears from Manchester City's Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne during the English Premier League football match between

Rafa Benitez suggests Napoli do not take enough "risks" in the transfer market and ruled out a return as "I'm talking to Newcastle United about my renewal".

And then there's Rafa Benitez at Newcastle.

Chelsea were denied a place in next season's Champions League when they were well beaten 3-0 at Newcastle as Liverpool easily beat Brighton.

This club has to be in the top 10. "I just want to keep this club climbing as high as we can".

Representatives of Benitez - who has a year left on his deal - are in talks with the club's hierarchy over a new deal and a summer transfer budget.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley wants Rafa Benitez to stay on as manager and says "every penny generated by the club" is available for him to spend.

The Newcastle manager said: "Some players are key players not just because they play well, also because their relationship with the others and with the fans and their influence, their character and all those other things".

'On many occasions throughout the season they have been described as a Championship side, which I personally consider to be derogatory.

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'Finally, I would like to thank the fans for their unrivalled support of Rafa and the team throughout the season'.

One ray of sunshine though has threatened to banish the rainy days that surrounded us under Ashley and even with the danger of storm clouds looming in the distance, these have been kept at bay by the growing proof that Rafa Benitez's project does look like it has the potential to bear fruit.

"Copy and paste, different day", Shearer said.

Islam Slimani has showed glimpses of the terrific form he failed to show up front at Leicester City, and Kenedy's arrival on loan from Chelsea in January has brought a much-needed touch of flair to supplement the harder working players.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was full of praise for Newcastle after his team's defeat.

The 24-year-old said: "It has been a good season for me".

"Now, we have to make sure that we do the right things and are on the same page".

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