Rafa Benitez future: Dressing room influencers call for manager to stay as reports emerge that talks have ‘stalled’Rafa Benitez edges closer to the end of his current Newcastle United contract this week, with the pressure mounting on the powers-that-be to make the right call.Magpies owner Mike Ashley was not present at the Amex Stadium and didn’t hold any weekend dialogue with Benitez.However, it is becoming abundantly clear that the unanimous verdict coming from fans, players and club staff is that Benitez MUST stay next season.United’s most influential corner of the dressing room – a group that contains Matt Ritchie, Jamaal Lascelles, Martin Dubravka, Paul Dummett and Ayoze Perez – have made it clear to those in charge that Benitez is the man to lead the charge next season.Read more

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