Newcastle 3-0 Chelsea: Magpies bury Blues in final game

Michael Keane of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park

Michael Keane of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park

Newcastle United have contacted Chelsea about the availability of Kenedy and Tammy Abraham for next season, according to TEAMtalk.

"We're safe - we're more than safe, we're 10th, so the season has been really positive and I am looking forward to starting the new season". I think we have to do something more to make sure the group is stronger and more competitive. "It was a flawless day for the fans and for everyone as it was a great atmosphere".

But, after leading Newcastle to a top-half finish against all expectations, the Chronicle reports that Benitez wants assurances about the club's budget and how much he will get to spend, and is hoping that he will be given a budget of around £60 million to invest however he wants.

The Spaniard, who has a year left on his contract, has been critical of Newcastle's poor transfer dealings throughout the season. "The fans have ambitions, we have ambitions and if everyone has the same the potential is there". He reportedly blocked off the exits, so the departing players couldn't leave.

"You need competition to approach any game you want to win". Newcastle fans will be concerned with the lack of concrete progress and the fact that Mike Ashley looks as far away from selling the club as he ever has, but Benitez will be focussing on Sunday and nothing else. When I chose to go to Newcastle and stay there, even in the Championship, it was also because of my family.

Ashley meanwhile released a statement saying "every penny generated by the club" will be available to Benitez - having made similar comments a year previously.

Chelsea had a chance to claim a Champions League spot for next season, but they downed their tools in the most hapless fashion.

Rafa Benitez suggests Napoli do not take enough "risks" in the transfer market and ruled out a return as "I'm talking to Newcastle United about my renewal".

"Finally, I would like to thank the fans for their unrivalled support of Rafa and the team throughout the season".