Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has offered up a semblance of hope that he could remain on Tyneside beyond the end of the season.

The Spaniard’s current deal runs out at the climax of the current campaign, and he has yet to put pen-to-paper on a new contract, although he and the club are in talks over extending his stay at St James’ Park.

Much has been made of the difficulties that Benitez has worked under in his spell at the Magpies. A tight budget and a lack of funds in the transfer market have regularly hampered the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss, but at no time has he lost his enthusiasm for managing Newcastle.

Although talks are ongoing it is understood that there has been no progress during the international break.

Benitez is said to be happy with the salary he is being offered, but the issues come in background things such as operations at St James’ Park, as well as improvements to the training ground, the scouting network and the academy.

The Toon boss gave an update on his feelings and the situation as a whole when quizzed about it by the media.

“What I will say about the North East and Newcastle is you can live your life and you can enjoy your football.” The Chronicle Live quote him as saying.

“The people love the club and love the team, especially if you are giving everything.

“That is the perfect scenario for a manager.

“So I am quite relaxed because I am happy here.

“Hopefully we can do the right things here and it will be easier for us to make a decision.”

Despite the poor start to the campaign Newcastle have endured, their supporters will be hoping to see a positive resolution to the talks, as they are aware how huge having Benitez as their head coach is for the club.

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