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Real Madrid are reportedly growing increasingly confident about netting the Spain No. 1 this summer.Manchester United will face a battle to keep David De Gea, with the Telegraph reporting that Real Madrid are growing increasingly confident of netting the Spain No. 1 this summer.For more on David De Gea, Manchester United and Real Madrid, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.Newcastle United F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 26 Apr 00:59
MARTIN SAMUEL: United produce great players. Not great strikers. Not lately. Great strikers, they buy. This may be why uncertainty continues to surround Marcus Rashford.Newcastle United F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Apr 23:33
Newcastle sealed promotion back to the Premier League with a win over Preston but Benitez has refused to commit his future to the club, despite having two years to run on his deal.Newcastle United F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Apr 15:50
Newcastle supporters can now look forward to promotion, but uncertainty remains over who exactly they will be cheering on in the top flight, with Benitez's own future not so clear-cut.Newcastle United F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Apr 12:44
Jonas Gutierrez has previously made no secret of his affection for Newcastle — and the ex-St James' Park star didn't wait long to congratulate them on their Premier League promotion.Newcastle United F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Apr 12:25
The Magpies secured their return to the Premier League with a 4-1 Sky Bet Championship victory over Preston on Monday evening, which means they will join Brighton in next season's top flight.Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Newcastle United | BBC 25 Apr 11:22
The Rafa buzz, Gayle's goals and few money well spent - BBC Sport looks at how Newcastle United secured Championship promotion.Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Newcastle United | BBC 25 Apr 10:37
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez must be given money for new players before their Premier League return, says club legend Alan Shearer.Newcastle United – teamtalk.com 25 Apr 08:30
Rafael Benitez declined to confirm whether or not he will lead Newcastle into Premier League battle next season as he celebrated promotion back to the top flight.
The Magpies’ 4-1 home victory over Preston ensured their stay in the Sky Bet Championship lasted just one season, with the club becoming just the second relegated side to go up automatically at the first attempt since they did it seven years ago.
But asked if he would still be at the helm in August, Benitez – who signed a three-year contract in May last year – said with a smile: “You never know, that is football. But I am really pleased here, very happy and very proud of everything we have achieved.
“Hopefully we can put in the basement to do something that will be a guarantee for the future too.
“Now it’s the time to enjoy, but I am sure that if we do the right things, we have to prepare everything to be strong enough for the Premier League. But we have to wait, enjoy, play another two games and see where we are.”
Benitez’s comments were perhaps a hint to owner Mike Ashley that he will be seeking substantial backing in the summer transfer market to reshape his squad, although in the short term, he will attempt to wrestle the title from Brighton’s grasp with two games remaining.
The Spaniard has helped to re-unite the club with its fans and he was greeted as a hero as he walked on to the pitch on the final whistle.
He said: “The fans have been amazing with me. For loyalty, for everything it means to be at a top side like this with the city behind, I decided to stay.
“Now I am even more happy than before to have made this decision, and really proud and really pleased.
“I am really proud of everyone because we knew that was difficult. At the beginning when everyone was saying, ‘Rafa has no experience in the Championship, it will be tough’, it was right, it was very difficult.”
Ayoze Perez’s seventh-minute opener was swiftly cancelled out by Jordan Hugill, but Christian Atsu restored the lead on the stroke of half-time and after North End skipper Paul Gallagher had been sent off for deliberate handball, Matt Ritchie converted from the spot before Perez unwittingly added a fourth.
Preston boss Grayson on defeat
Preston boss Simon Grayson said: “We gave them a big opportunity to get their noses in front, but after that we got the goal and we controlled the game right up until a minute before half-time, when we shot ourselves in the foot, and then the third one and you were down to 10 men.
“Newcastle haven’t had to work hard enough to win that game tonight, we have gifted them a lot of goals, which has been the tale of our last three or four games now.”
The post ‘Proud’ Rafa Benitez giving nothing away over Newcastle future appeared first on teamtalk.com.Newcastle United – teamtalk.com 24 Apr 23:15
Alan Shearer has praised Rafael Benitez after Newcastle secured a return to the Premier League – but warned the club that the hard work starts now.
The Magpies booked an immediate return to the top tier of English football after a 4-1 success over Preston on Monday night – and Shearer believes Benitez deserves the majority of the credit.
“Rafael Benitez is a huge figure at the club and he loves the place,” Shearer told BBC Radio Five Live. “He loves the passion of the fans. He’s very experienced and he’s done the job he set out to do.
“I’m sure he’ll demand that the team has to be improved and he’ll demand a few quid to do that now. You can’t stand still now.
“I’m sure Rafael will ask for funds to massively improve the team. People will realise that the team will need improving if they want to get into the top half of the Premier League.
“That league (the Championship) is a tough league to get out of and we’ve seen that the standard in that league is not great at times. You’ve got to be dogged and determined and the players have shown that for the vast majority of the season.”
Former Toon star Steve Stone echoed Shearer’s view.
“The fans adore Rafael Benitez here,” he said. “They’ve given him the backing, they chant his name.
“He’s had a calmness throughout the season and he’s got Newcastle back to where they belong.”
Reflecting on Monday night’s performance, Stone added: “That’s what you call an efficient performance.
“Preston were in the game for long periods of time and caused problems, but once they got the goal before half-time, it always looked like Newcastle were going to go on.
“Now is the time to buy and build and make sure this club doesn’t have to play in this division again.”
The post Shearer praises Benitez; urges Newcastle to spend money appeared first on teamtalk.com.Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Newcastle United | BBC 24 Apr 22:50
Newcastle United secure an immediate return to the Premier League with a convincing home win over 10-man Preston.Newcastle United – teamtalk.com 24 Apr 22:37
Newcastle booked their place back in the Premier League at the first attempt after Monday’s 4-1 win over Preston guaranteed promotion.
Ayoze Perez set the ball rolling after just seven minutes and although Jordan Hugill swiftly restored parity, Christian Atsu calmed nerves with a second goal on the stroke of half-time.
Matt Ritchie’s 65th-minute penalty after Paul Gallagher had been dismissed for deliberate handball and a second from Perez ensured the Magpies could not be caught either on the night or in the table, to the delight and relief of a crowd of 50,212 at St James’ Park.
Newcastle’s return to the top flight was confirmed 348 days after arch-rivals Sunderland’s 3-0 win over Everton condemned them to the drop as Benitez’s decision to stay on was rewarded in style.
They got off to the perfect start when, having already seen Aleksandar Mitrovic come close to his fifth goal of the season against the Lilywhites with a curling effort from the edge of the box, they took a seventh-minute lead.
Jamaal Lascelles flicked on Ritchie’s inswinging corner and Ciaran Clark prodded it to Perez to stab home at the far post.
However, their joy lasted just seven minutes when returning keeper Rob Elliot, who had already blocked Daniel Johnson’s shot with his legs after Gallagher has split the Magpies’ defence with alarming ease, was unable to repeat the feat when Hugill met Tom Barkhuizen’s cross in front of goal.
The visitors were targeting right-back Vurnon Anita on the break, repeatedly playing the ball in behind him to good effect, although Benitez’s men gradually eased their way back into the game and restored their lead on the stroke of half-time.
Isaac Hayden capitalised on a mix-up between Johnson and Alan Browne on halfway before racing forward to find Mitrovic, who laid off his pass for Atsu to fire home.
Preston keeper Chris Maxwell blocked a Perez shot within seconds of the restart as the Magpies went for the kill, but Barkhuizen only just failed to pick out Hugill at the far post after getting in behind Anita once again.
But the game changed with 25 minutes remaining when North End skipper Gallagher was dismissed for handling Hayden’s shot on the line handball and Ritchie thumped home the resulting penalty, and Perez increased the advantage to 4-1 just two minutes later when Jonjo Shelvey’s corner came back off the post and went in off him.
The post Newcastle secure Premier League return at first time of asking appeared first on teamtalk.com.Newcastle United – teamtalk.com 23 Apr 13:08
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has told his players nobody will remember how they won back their place in the Premier League as long as they do it.
The Magpies will be promoted at the first time of asking if they beat Preston at St James’ Park on Monday evening, and still have an outside chance of overhauling Brighton to snatch the Sky Bet Championship title.
However, the ever pragmatic Benitez insists he does not care if they are promoted in first or second place as long as they go up.
He said: “My target was always to try to go up. It doesn’t matter to me the position, so the main thing is just to make sure we finish our job.
“I am sure that everything is fine if we go up. In six months’ time, nobody will remember if we won or lost any games, just that we were promoted, that was the target.
“I always talk about experience and in this case, stats and history if you want. In the last five years, you haven’t had too many teams going straight up – just one, so that shows how difficult it is for the teams who were relegated.”
The Easter weekend left Tyneside bathed in anxiety after Newcastle surrendered two points to Leeds at the death on Good Friday and were then soundly beaten at Ipswich three days later.
However, defeats for Huddersfield and Reading on Saturday mean one win from their remaining three fixtures will be enough to clinch promotion, and Benitez is in no mood to extend the agony.
He said: “It’s just so simple: it depends on us and if we work hard and play well and we are a little bit lucky sometimes, we will be there.”
The post Benitez urges Newcastle to take their chance as promotion looms appeared first on teamtalk.com.Newcastle United – teamtalk.com 22 Apr 11:18
Dean Edwards from the band Is Bliss takes our prediction challenge, with wins predicted for Liverpool and Man Utd – but no agreement on the two FA Cup semi-finals.
Just like last season, our writers will take on a different band or artist by making their Premier League predictions each week, while you can join in the fun using the story comment facility (below) or Your Say forum.
The title race is hotting up, and as always it’s worth reading our latest Premier League betting preview for Betsafe over at their site.
Bournemouth v Middlesbrough
Hull City v Watford
Swansea City v Stoke City
West Ham v Everton
Burnley v Man Utd (Sunday, 2.15pm)
Liverpool v Crystal Palace (Sunday, 4.30pm)
Chelsea v Tottenham (FA Cup semi-final, Saturday 5.15pm)
Arsenal v Manchester City (FA Cup semi-final, Sunday 3pm)
The music of Is Bliss and Dean’s love of football
TEAMtalk: How did you come to support your club and what are your favourite memories from your time as a fan?
Dean: I’m a Newcastle United fan. Growing up I always idolised Alan Shearer for England so as soon as I was old enough to understand he played for Newcastle I have always supported the club.
My favourite memories have to be the Bobby Robson days when we were competing in the Champions League and beating the likes of Inter Milan.
TEAMtalk: Who have been your biggest heroes during your time supporting the club?
Alan Shearer of course was always my hero and an absolute legend at Newcastle United.
Dean: I always loved Laurent Robert in his time at Newcastle too, I’ve never seen anybody hit a ball as hard as he could from 40 yards into the top bins!
TEAMtalk: What do you make of the current team? What are your hopes for the (rest of the) season?
Dean: I think there’s a lot of room for improvement in the current squad, we certainly need to improve the defence and find a consistent proven goalscorer for our return to the Premier League. Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie have been great plays for us this year but I’m hoping they can do it in the top flight this time round.
I’m confident we will hold on and gain promotion to the Premier League which I guess was the main target this season.
TEAMtalk: Everyone has a soft spot for another team. Who’s yours and why?
Dean: Mine would be Portsmouth of course. That’s my hometown and I’m really excited that they have gained promotion this year and with the potential takeover on the cards it would be great to see Pompey get back up to the leagues again.
TEAMtalk: What’s going on with the band/for you as an artist at the moment?
Dean: We are due to release our new ep “THE HONEYCOMB EXPLOSION” on May 19th which will be followed by a UK tour to promote it.
We head out to Europe later in the year to play a string of European festivals and club dates which we are really excited about!
The post Predictions: Liverpool, Man Utd joy; FA Cup SF disagreements appeared first on teamtalk.com.Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Newcastle United | BBC 17 Apr 18:26
Newcastle's bid for automatic promotion continues to stutter as Ipswich make it two defeats in three matches for the Magpies.Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Newcastle United | BBC 15 Apr 20:22
BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on Newcastle fan Sting and his son Joe Sumner in this week's Premier League predictions.