Newcastle legend Gascoigne: Benitez deserves spending money

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Benitez, out of contract in the summer, hopes to discuss his future with owner Mike Ashley this week.

And Benitez suggested at Craven Cottage that he was hopeful an agreement could be reached with Ashley.

Celtic know themselves that bringing a high calibre manager in on big wages will mean they would also have to offer a big budget and that's something the club wouldn't even do for Brendan Rodgers.

"It is exactly the same line, we will have a meeting for sure and then let you know when we have info", Benitez told the gathered media at his pre-match press conference.

"My message has been very clear from day one".

"I try to enjoy what happens today and we will see what will happen". He enjoyed an excellent season on Tyneside too, scoring 11 league goals. "On my future we have to wait, after this game I have to concentrate on the national team, Copa America with Venezuela in Brazil". He won the Champions League with Liverpool and Europa League with Chelsea and is regarded as an elite manager.

"We finished first in the Championship, 10th (in the Premier League) without spending a lot of money, and more points this time without spending money".

"We just have to concentrate on game".

"When a team gets relegated, teams want to come for your best players, we'll no doubt have that problem. We look forward to tackling that".

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