Newcastle United Players Rated In Terrific 3-0 Win Over Chelsea

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Conte's side must defeat Rafa Benitez's men today and hope for Brighton to beat Liverpool or Leicester City to win Tottenham for the West London club to secure EPL top-four and qualify for Champions League next season.

Benitez believes he should have been afforded more on account of that and will only commit his future to the club if guarantees are given in the coming days over budget and control.

When asked whether Merino would still be a Magpies player next season, Benitez replied, as quoted by the Gazette: "I think that he was unlucky with that injury and also Jonjo and Diame were playing much better".

The German champions have been rumoured to be keen on the Brazilian, and now it's explained in some detail that the club are considering the player to replace Juan Bernat.

Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles is paying little attention to speculation suggesting that he could be a summer transfer target for Chelsea and Everton.

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'On many occasions throughout the season they have been described as a Championship side, which I personally consider to be derogatory.

Rafa Benitez's Newcastle United will on Sunday afternoon clash with Chelsea at home on the final day of the Premier League.

Benitez insists he would like to remain in his current role, but he does not want to spend next season battling in the bottom half of the table. He's made a profit on transfers. We want to compete and with the right quality and at the right level.

"This group of players have done so well, so it would be easy to say, "Okay, well you are already in the top ten".

"Then we can go to any stadium and think about going to win, rather than thinking that a draw might be a good result". In this case, we are lucky enough to have [Isaac] Hayden, Mikel, Jonjo and more, because all of them can play. "If he can do that with that squad, can you imagine what he'd do with some backing and some finance?" "The fans have ambitions, we have ambitions and if everyone has the same the potential is there".

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