In Focus: Benitez has his priorities right at Newcastle United

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has no desire to hold contract talks with the club until after the January transfer window, according to The Telegraph.

What’s the word?

There is a sense of deja vu at St James’ Park as once again, questions have been raised over Benitez’s future due to a lack of transfer activity.

In the summer there were rumblings that the Spaniard was unhappy with the minimal spending on new players.

With the club now officially up for sale, there is confusion over how much money current owner Mike Ashley will provide for Benitez’s transfer kitty.

Only nine days remain before the window slams shut, which  means that the time is ticking for Newcastle to strengthen their side in the hope of avoiding relegation from the Premier League.

According to The Telegraph, the North-East outfit are keen to extend Benitez’s contract, but the manager has decided not to discuss this matter with the club until the transfer window is over.

Should Newcastle be concerned?

At this moment, it makes perfect sense for the ex-Liverpool coach to prioritise getting new players over the line rather than his own future.

However, it needs to be said that the Spaniard’s future could be up in the air depending on how the season pans out.

Benitez still has 18 months left on his reported £6m-a-year deal, but if the Magpies suffer relegation, it would not be a huge surprise if he decided to walk.

There has always been a sense that Newcastle were incredibly lucky to land the manager in the first place.

The 57-year-old has coached the likes of Liverpool, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid, and you feel that they would be no shortage of offers elsewhere if he decided to leave Newcastle.

The next couple of weeks could play a huge role in Benitez’s future at the club.