Winger wants Rafa Benitez to extend his contract at Newcastle

Christian Atsu has call on Newcastle manger Rafa extend his stay at the St. James Park.

The former Real Madrid gaffer is into the final six months of his contract and so far opted against signing a new deal.

The Spanish tactician signed an initial three-year deal in March 2016 and although the club were eventually relegated, they ended the Premier League season on a six-match unbeaten run.

However, after guiding the Magpies back to the Premier League, it has been reported Benitez could be lured to another club in the summer, something Atsu is keen to avoid happening.

“It’s very important Rafa stays,” Atsu says. “Newcastle’s a big club and Rafa’s a great manager, one of the best in the world, one of the few to have won the Champions League.

“He’s great for this club, with him here, big players will come to Newcastle,” he added.

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