Speaking to the Chronicle, Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has gone on to deny claims that he is set to make a move to West Ham United.
West Ham United have clearly endured a very difficult start to their campaign so far and as a result, there has been widespread speculation that the Hammers’ hierarchy could well elect to dispense with the services of manager Slaven Bilic.
Even before Bilic has departed though, the Daily Mirror have gone on to reveal that West Ham have already begun their search to bring in a replacement for the Croatian manager and claims were made that the London side had identified Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez as their main target.
Benitez has now gone on to speak regarding the reports linking him with a switch to the London Stadium and has categorically dismissed the speculation by stating that he is perfectly happy at Newcastle United at the moment.
The 56-year-old told the Chronicle, “I don’t see any big change now at the club as a whole. I am giving you my answer – I don’t see any big changes at the club in January. I have a lot of respect for West Ham because when I was in contact with them, they were really good and professional.
“But I am really happy here and then we carry on trying to win games. It’s not easy for me. They [West Ham] were really nice and really good with me.
“At the moment, I’m really pleased here. I’m not thinking about anything like that – just winning against Wigan and getting promoted at the end of the season.”