Premier League

Rafa Benitez reacts to Newcastle lining up a new manager as contract talks stall


Lyon coach Bruno Genesio is the latest top boss to be touted in France as a successor to the Spaniard.


Benitez is United's first choice to stay on beyond this summer, but his reluctance to immediately commit to a new deal has created uncertainty.


Martin Dubravka is preparing to demand a new contract at Newcastle - but Benitez is confident he will not leave.


Newcastle landed Dubravka for a bargain £4.5m, but will now have to hike his salary in the summer to ward off rivals.


The future of Isaac Hayden, who wants to move south, is also in doubt, but Benitez says has the "talent" to play for England.


Newcastle visit Bournemouth and a win would take them close to Benitez's safety target.






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