Benitez warns Chelsea off bid for key £30m-rated Newcastle star

Michael Keane of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park

Michael Keane of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park

"I think it is different because you are talking about the league", he said.

It's not often a player of Lascelles age and talent to be available at such a reasonable price, and if he continues to perform the way he did this season, that price will only skyrocket.

When Rafa joined he reignited something that has been missing from the club for years and with him here, he has ignited the passion or spirit in others. For the awesome support and your presence every single game.

Ashley congratulated Benitez and his players for their achievements. I would also like to applaud the players, led fantastically by the captain Jamaal Lascelles.

It is understood that co-owner David Sullivan has decided he wants a new man in charge and is considering Slavisa Jokanovic of Fulham (above), Sean Dyche of Burnley and Rafa Benitez of Newcastle United.

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

The likes of Eden Hazard, Olivier Giroud, Victor Moses and Andreas Christensen were all ineffective against Newcastle United and therefore, the PL giants will be desperately hoping that these star players find their form in time.

The Newcastle owner went on to thank the fans for "their unrivalled support of Rafa and the team throughout the season", but it's doubtful that many of them feel similarly grateful to him.

And after Gary Lineker read out the statement on Match of the Day, Newcastle legend Alan Shearer wasn't having any of it.

Kenedy sat out yesterday's game against his parent club.

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"Newcastle showed great desire, a great will to fight, a great will to take three points and to finish this season in the best possible way".

And, according to TEAMtalk, West Ham have now drawn up a shortlist of potential candidates to replace the former Manchester United manager at the London Stadium.

"If you don't have the money, the main thing is to be sure that if you sell this one for £40million, you have two at £20million who can do well".

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

"When I went there, they were in a bad position and we finished third and we won the Europa League".

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