Ashley wants to open talks with Benitez over Newcastle United deal, fans react

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is never far from the headlines where the club are concerned.

A report in The Times claim that the businessman wants to open talks with manager Rafael Benitez about a new contract at St James’ Park.

The Spaniard’s current deal does not expire until the end of next season, but it is believed that Ashley wants to secure the coach’s future.

According to The Times, the club owner has invited Benitez out for dinner to discuss a potential new contract, and it is believed that the ex-Liverpool manager will not make a decision until he learns of Ashley’s plans for the club.

There were concerns that Benitez could quit during the summer after he made it clear that he was unsatisfied with the club’s transfer activity.

However, the 57-year-old has remained committed to the Magpies, and now the fans are mulling over these latest reports that Ashley wants to open contract talks.