By Craig Hope for MailOnline
Published: 15:30 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 15:48 BST, 3 May 2019
Rafa Benitez has indicated for the first time that he is close to agreeing a deal to stay on as Newcastle United manager.
The Spaniard’s mood was markedly more positive on Friday than it has been in recent weeks, leading to fears among fans that he could quit the club this summer.
But Benitez has revealed that further talks have now taken place and has even hinted at an announcement in the near future.
Rafa Benitez has indicated he is close to agreeing a deal to stay as Newcastle United manager
‘I was talking with Lee Charnley (managing director) this week and we will let you know as soon as we have more news,’ he said.
‘Still I am