Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez has shrugged off talk of taking over from Arsene Wenger and claimed he’s only thinking about the Magpies’ upcoming Championship game against Norwich City, reports The Daily Star.
The former Valencia, Liverpool, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Napoli and Chelsea boss has been linked with the Arsenal job as reports of Wenger leaving in the summer gather momentum following another season which has seen the Gunners fail to mount a serious title challenge, as they currently sit in fourth place, ten points behind leaders Chelsea.
But Benitez said, “I am just concentrating on the Norwich game.
“As a manager you know that people will talk, but the main thing for me is to be sure we are doing well and doing our jobs.”
The Newcastle boss’ impressive CV will appeal to many Arsenal fans, as despite suffering relegation with the Magpies last season, Benitez has won a host of trophies at several clubs, including the Champions League while at Anfield.
League success has been a little harder to come by for Benitez, who’s yet to lift a domestic title since his time at Valencia over a decade ago, but the fact he has had European success, including winning the Europa League during his short stint at Chelsea may win over some of his doubters.