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Rafael Benitez vows to stay at Newcastle: 'My commitment is 100%'

Rafael Benitez vows to stay at Newcastle: 'My commitment is 100%'
From ESPN - August 11, 2017

Rafael Benitez insists he will not walk away from Newcastle despite owner Mike Ashley admitting he cannot compete with the Premier League's big spenders in the transfer market.

The Spanish manager has cut an increasingly frustrated figure this summer as players he targeted in May have evaded him, with fees and wages rocketing.

However, asked to sum up his mood in one word on Friday as he prepared for Sunday's opening fixture at home to Tottenham, Benitez said: "Commitment.

"I say that my commitment is there. If we do what we have to do and do it in a professional way, thinking about football as a priority, we can improve.

"We have a massive club and a city behind the team, so we can improve. But we have to do things thinking about football, that is the key. If you are successful on the pitch, everything else will come.

"I am here. My commitment is 100 percent. I will try to do my best. If you have two or three new players, or five or six or eight, it does not matter. What we have to be sure is that the 25 players that we will have will give everything.''

Benitez's comments came as Ashley admitted to the limitations of his chequebook in a rare television interview, which will be broadcast in full on Sunday evening on Sky Sports Premier League.

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