Rafa Benitez signs three-year deal at Newcastle

The former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager couldn't save Newcastle from the drop last season

BY Cian Roche 19:27 Wednesday 25 May 2016, 19:27 25 May 2016

Rafa Benitez has signed a three-year deal with Newcastle United to try and guide them back to the Premier League.

The former Real Madrid manager will stay with the club despite relegation to the Championship at the end of last season.

The club announced the unveiling at a press conference this evening.

"The love I could feel from the fans was a big influence for me in my decision to stay, as was my relationship with Lee Charnley and all the staff," the Spaniard said in a statement.

"This is a huge club and I wanted to be part of the great future I can see for Newcastle United."

The deal is also expected to have written confirmation that he will have the final say over all transfers.

Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley said the club was delighted to keep Benitez at the club, who he described as a "world-class" manager.

"When we brought Rafa to the club in March, we knew he was a phenomenal manager and everything we have seen from him since has only served to reinforce that," he added.

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