BEN­ITEZ IN­SISTS NEW­CAS­TLE WOULD BE A GREAT IN­VEST­MENT WITH PO­TEN­TIAL FOR EURO­PEAN RE­TURN

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER -

RAFAEL BEN­ITEZ has spo­ken pas­sion­ately about why New­cas­tle United are the ideal Pre­mier League team to buy, as owner Mike Ash­ley edges closer to agree­ing a deal to sell the club, WRITES LUKE ED­WARDS.

Ben­itez be­lieves New­cas­tle are a club worth buy­ing for any­one who wishes to chal­lenge for sil­ver­ware in Eng­land.

“I un­der­stand 100 per cent why some­one would want to buy New­cas­tle United,” said Ben­itez. “It’s very clear, it has the po­ten­tial to be one of the top sides. For me, it has to be in the top six or top eight clubs, eas­ily.

“I’ve seen some peo­ple crit­i­cis­ing the North East, but it’s an area with great po­ten­tial. This club is the only one here in this re­gion, which is so big, you can at­tract any­one. It is a club with the clear po­ten­tial to play in Europe again. We are al­ready at 99 per cent ca­pac­ity for home games.

“That is ex­tremely rare. Every­body here loves foot­ball. I can see the po­ten­tial, this is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for some­one [to buy it], but that does not de­pend on me.”

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