Rafael Benitez gives little away about his meeting with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley

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Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has given little away about his meeting with owner Mike Ashley


‘Obviously what we were talking about was private’: Rafael Benitez gives little away about his meeting with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley

  • The two men met after the final whistle in last Saturday’s 3-0 Premier League win
  • The Spaniard was awaiting news of the club’s January recruitment mission
  • Rafael Benitez declined to comment on the club’s loan move for Jordan Lukaku

Press Association Reporter

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has given little away about his meeting with owner Mike Ashley last weekend.

The two men met after the final whistle in last Saturday’s 3-0 Premier League victory over Cardiff, with the Spaniard awaiting news of the club’s January recruitment mission and Ashley’s search for a buyer for the club.

Asked about the meeting, Benitez said: ‘Obviously what we were talking about was private, but normal things and it doesn’t change anything about where we are at the moment.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has given little away about his meeting with owner Mike Ashley

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has given little away about his meeting with owner Mike Ashley

‘We just keep working on what we can try to do in the window, and then he was happy because the team won and that’s it.

‘I think he was quite happy. He was congratulating me and the team for the result and then we were talking about business, where we were, but nothing else, nothing new.’

Asked if he had been updated on the takeover, Benitez – who declined to comment on the club’s loan move for Lazio full-back Jordan Lukaku despite the player being on Tyneside – added: ‘That is part of our private conversation.’

The Spaniard wanted news of the January recruitment mission and Ashley's search for a buyer

The Spaniard wanted news of the January recruitment mission and Ashley's search for a buyer

The Spaniard wanted news of the January recruitment mission and Ashley’s search for a buyer

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