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Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez called for the club's board to align their ambitions with those of the supporters after his team ended the season with a 3-0 home victory over Chelsea. I would also like to applaud the players, led fantastically by the captain Jamaal Lascelles.

The former Liverpool boss has one year remaining on his contract, but has had to reaffirm his commitment to the Magpies after the last two seasons, releasing a joint statement alongside Ashley this time last year. Since he's been here, the club has been on the rise. Look how he's got us playing.

Owner Mike Ashley is desperate for him to stay having once again promised him "every penny generated by the club".

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But, after leading Newcastle to a top-half finish against all expectations, the Chronicle reports that Benitez wants assurances about the club's budget and how much he will get to spend, and is hoping that he will be given a budget of around £60 million to invest however he wants.

"When you're flicking through Twitter or people say there's rumours about this, that and the other you're aware of it but I don't take any notice".

"We have a couple of players on loan, some leaving so we have to sign players".

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"I'm a Newcastle player, I'm happy here, I'm the captain and things are going really well". All these things to enable you to attract players, all these things can make a difference.

However, if he gets any kind of realistic backing, I reckon 50 points is the target for next season - a total that pretty much guarantees you top half and starts getting you looking up at the top six in the distance.

With the World Cup just around the corner, many had tipped Lascelles to make a late charge into Gareth Southgate's 23-man squad for Russian Federation.

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"I thought I had a chance of sneaking into the friendly games but I didn't". For a club that recycled managers and Galacticos at a quick rate for great expense, he admirably sought to change the direction of the club by bringing through a raft of new, young players such as Casemiro and Lucas Vazquez, who have become stars for a team set for a third consecutive Champions League title.

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