Benitez responds to claims he could replace Wenger

Date published: Wednesday 15th February 2017 2:00

Rafa Benitez is just concentrating on Newcastle United’s next games and is unconcerned by speculation that he could take over as Arsenal manager.

The Magpies sit top of the Championship, five points clear of third-placed Huddersfield and look on course to make an immediate return to the Premier League.

Benitez has been linked with the Gunners job in recent days with Arsene Wenger’s future at the club looking increasingly uncertain.

But the Spaniard, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005, would not be drawn on whether it would be something that would interest him.

“I’m the manager for Newcastle playing against Norwich and then the next games.” Benitez said.

“That’s it, so I’m just focused on that. As a manager you are used to have clubs talking and the media talking so what you have to do is just concentrate on your job.”

When asked whether he thought it would be Wenger’s final season at the club, Benitez replied: “I don’t know. I have a good relationship with him. I think he’s a good manager, and that he’s doing a great job, but that is not my concern.”

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