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Benitez set for talks with Ashley as Newcastle boss insists it’s business as usual amid HMRC probe

Date Posted,April 26, 2017

Rafa Benitez will hold talks with Mike Ashley in the next week to plan for the Premier League.

The United boss has insisted it is “business as usual” at Newcastle after the club was raided by the HMRC on Wednesday.

MD Lee Charnley, who was arrested and held for the day, was back working with Benitez yesterday looking ahead to pre-season in July.

Top of the agenda with Ashley will be a transfer budget and what scope he has to rebuild his squad, but Benitez is positive.

Benitez said: “There is an investigation about something that happened four or five years ago. I will not talk about the (HMRC) investigation. I will do my usual business in terms of football.

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley (left) with managing director Lee Charnley (Photo: Getty)

“And I was talking with Mike Ashley (today). We have had this conversation about what is going on, what we will do next and how we will prepare for next season and everything.

“At the moment if you are asking if he has congratulated me, yes and we will discuss the future of the club, the future of myself, the and everything. We will do it in the professional way that I like to do things.

“I will have the meeting with him in, I don’t know, days or maybe a week, or something like this.

“Do I have a decision to make about the future? I am quite confident that everything will be fine, but my focus is on the remaining games.

“I need to talk with Mike and it depends on how things are going on going on whether I am optimistic. At the moment I am quite happy.

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