BEN­ITEZ: TOON PER­FECT BUY FOR TY­COON

Sunday Express - - FOOTBALL - By Si­mon Bird

RAFA BEN­ITEZ in­sists New­cas­tle United is the best club to buy in world foot­ball.

The Span­ish boss has is­sued a pow­er­ful message to would-be in­vestors – re­veal­ing the Ge­ordies can be trans­formed into a “top­six club with mas­sive po­ten­tial” by a new owner.

Last week Mike Ash­ley ad­mit­ted yet again that he wanted to sell up to let a “more pop­u­lar owner” start afresh.

And Ben­itez has sounded out the per­fect sales pitch for Ash­ley – say­ing they can re­gain their sta­tus as reg­u­lars on the Euro­pean stage with the right plans.

And he reck­ons a new chief at the helm means they will be men­tioned “in the same breath” as his for­mer clubs Liver­pool, In­ter, Napoli and Real Madrid.

Ben­itez (above) said: “Napoli is sim­i­lar to New­cas­tle in terms of ev­ery­one sup­port­ing one club in the city.

“We’re some­thing like 99 per cent of ca­pac­ity for home games ev­ery week. It’s re­ally dif­fi­cult to find that and here it means that every­body cares about foot­ball.”

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