Two ruled out for Rafa Benitez's men

  • Two ruled out for Rafa Benitez's men

Two ruled out for Rafa Benitez's men

Ashley has congratulated Benitez and his players for finishing 10th in the Premier League after they secured a 3-0 win over Chelsea on the final day of the season.

This is something we've mentioned before on here and tomorrow for the final game of the season at home to Chelsea, "Wor Flags' latest display promises to be one of the biggest yet".

He said: "I think this week, maybe there will be another conversation and we will see where we are for the next week".

"I thought I had a chance of sneaking into the friendly games but I didn't".

"I can't thank Rafa enough for how much I've improved, not only as a player but as a captain".

It is not completely out of the question that Lascelles is included in Gareth Southgate's England squad this summer, although it would appear injuries to those now ahead of him in the pecking order would be needed as he has not been called up so far.

"The fans have ambitions and we have ambitions, and we have to know if everybody has the same feelings too".

Bernat has been second choice at Bayern Munich this season and it also remains to be seen whether Kenedy will look to move to Germany and risk sitting on the bench again or consider staying in the north east to benefit from playing regularly at St. James' Park. "If you don't have the money, the main thing is to be sure that if you sell this one for £40m, you have two at £20m who can do well, then you can be better".

"When people say "wheel and deal" - sometimes you have to do it because if not, you don't have the money".

Speaking last week, Benitez said: "The question is what we can achieve. The club have got to keep him happy".

"I would like to thank Rafa Benitez for his magnificent achievement this season", said Ashley.

"As players, we've got to cross the white line but we follow instructions from somewhere, and that's the gaffer".

"This group of players have done so well, so it would be easy to say, "OK, you are already in the top ten"...we have to do something more to make sure that the group is stronger and more competitive".

"It is clear what we need".