Rafa Benitez says he’s STAYING at Newcastle United.
The club’s manager was this week linked with West Ham United, whose manager, Slaven Bilic, is under pressure.
I am giving you my answer – I don’t see any big changes at the club in January.Rafa Benitez
Benitez held talks with West Ham before taking charge of Real Madrid last year.
United’s manager has been touted as a potential successor to Bilic, whose side are a point above the Premier League relegation zone.
However, there has been no contact from West Ham.
And Benitez – who signed a new three-year deal at Newcastle in the summer – is happy at the Championship club, which is bidding to return to the top flight at the first attempt this season.
Asked about speculation linking him with West Ham, Benitez said: “I don’t see any big change now at the club as a whole.
“I am giving you my answer – I don’t see any big changes at the club in January.
“I have a lot of respect for West Ham, because when I was in contact with them (in the summer of 2015), they were really good and professional.
“But I am really happy here, and then we carry on trying to win games.”
Newcastle take on Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium tonight.
Benitez said: “I’m not thinking about anything ... just winning against Wigan tonight and getting promoted at the end of the season.”