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What the papers are saying about Rafa Benitez...

The Chronicle - Rafa Benitez's plan to transform the Magpies as he agrees to stay

The Northern Echo - Rafa: I can lead Newcastle straight back to the Premier League and I won't have to sell a single player

The Mirror - Benitez to retain relegated club's stars, win instant promotion and then chase trophies

The Sun - Rafa wants to fire the club back to the Premier League on his first attempt

The Telegraph - Benitez accepts Newcastle challenge and will have full control at St James' Park

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Benitez drops in at Disabled Supporters Association party

Rafa Benitez first act after signing a new 3 year deal at Newcastle United was to drop in at the Newcastle United Disabled Supporters Association end of season party.

The group said they were delighted he came by.

WATCH: Benitez's full press conference after signing a new 3 year deal at Newcastle United

Newcastle United are have confirmed that Rafa Benitez will remain as Newcastle United manager, after signing a new three-year contract.

The deal commits the Spaniard to Tyneside until at least the summer of 2019.

The club say Benitez will have day-to-day responsibility for all football-related matters at the club.

Watch the full press conference below:

Benitez says he's convinced the club can go up next season

Rafa Benitez Club History

Its been confirmed that Rafa Benitez is staying on as Newcastle United manager.

This time last year he was manager of Real Madrid and now he'll be manager of a Championship club. Newcastle are his fourth club in five years.

  • Tenerife 2000-2001
  • Valencia 2001-2004
  • Liverpool 2004-2010
  • Inter Milan June 2010- December 2010
  • Chelsea 2012-2013
  • Napoli 2013-2015
  • Real Madrid June 2015-January 2016
  • Newcastle United 11 March 2016-present

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A little Rafa reality from our sports correspondent: Newcastle are still in the Championship

Benitez signs new three year deal and says the "love from the fans" swayed him

Newcastle United are have confirmed that Rafa Benitez will remain as Newcastle United manager, after signing a new three-year contract.

The deal commits the Spaniard to Tyneside until at least the summer of 2019.

The club say Benitez will have day-to-day responsibility for all football-related matters at the club.

The 56-year-old took charge of the team for the final ten games of the 2015/16 season.

Benitez said:

I am extremely pleased to be staying at Newcastle United.

The love I could feel from the fans was a big influence for me in my decision to stay, as was my relationship with Lee Charnley and all the staff.

This is a huge club and I wanted to be part of the great future I can see for Newcastle United."

– Rafael Benitez

Managing director Lee Charnley added:

"When we brought Rafa to the club in March, we knew he was a phenomenal manager and everything we have seen from him since has only served to reinforce that.

"We are therefore delighted to have secured his services for the next three years and I believe with Rafa as manager it gives us the best possible chance of returning to the Premier League at the first time of asking and delivering success for this football club beyond that.

"It is clear that Rafa has connected deeply with the club's supporters and we do not underestimate the role they have played in his decision to stay.

"He has captured the hearts and minds not just of the fans, but of everyone who has had the pleasure of working with him at the club thus far.

"As a world-class manager we had no doubt in our minds as to the importance of retaining him at Newcastle United."

A look back to Rafa Benitez's first press conference

As Newcastle United call a press conference where they're expected to confirm Rafa Benitez is staying as manager, we've looked back at his first media appearance at the club.

When asked why he took the job, Spanaird said that "the atmosphere has always been fantastic for the local team" at St James's Park.

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