Newcastle, Tyne, England - January 2: Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez gives his team's instructions during the match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on January 2, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster / Getty Images)

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Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez said he had rejected offers from other teams with "more money" to stay at St James's Park despite the tensions. between the owners of the club and the fans.

Owner Mike Ashley has long been a controversial figure in the Northeast Club because of his investment approach.

Benitez has been talking to the media before Saturday's Premier League match against the former Chelsea club. The former head of Liverpool, Real Madrid and Valencia said he had rejected the more lucrative opportunities to stay put:

"I had teams, agents, who were talking with more money than here, when I say more money, more money than here. I still want to do something here, I want to stay in England.

"I'm close to my family, the fans have been fantastic, so you're trying to do something good.

"Yes, it's a risk, but it's a challenge, and I'm going to try my best to win every game."

the Daily mailCraig Hope wrote that the big money offers came from Chinese clubs, although it 's not surprising to learn that the European powers are still trying to tempt the Spaniard.

Benitez went on to mention the need for unity among club members despite the difficulties encountered, after being disappointed this season after finishing 10th in the English Premier League Championship:

the the Chronicleof Lee Ryder Recently, Ashley, owner of Newcastle, was ready to give potential buyer Peter Kenyon the time to find the funds needed for the club's purchase. Ashley is believed to be seeking a selling price of over £ 300 million.

The Magpies are 15th in the standings as things stand on par with Burnley and promote the city of Cardiff, just two points from the relegation zone.

The veteran tactician Benitez deserves praise for his work, knowing that Newcastle only recruited five players in the summer and sold a net profit.

The former goalkeeper of the Magpies, Shay Given, told Sky Bet Benitez may be the man who will bring Newcastle back to fame if given the right parameters at St James's Park:

Newcastle have scored just 15 goals this season – second behind Huddersfield Town in the first division.

Earlier this season, one of the former accused of the Spanish Liverpool, Jamie Carragher, had defended his former boss and declared that he did not deserve to be sacked:

It is unlikely that the winner of the 2005 UEFA Champions League would have a hard time finding a job as he left the northeast, and Benitez showed that he enjoyed Newcastle by staying that long.