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Benitez 'happy' at Newcastle amid links to vacant Everton role

By Staff Reporter

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has distanced himself from speculation linking him with the vacant Everton job.

The 57-year-old Spaniard, who spent six successful years on Merseyside with Liverpool, was being touted as a replacement for Ronald Koeman even before the axe fell this week.

However, despite his family still living in the north west, Benitez, who will send the Magpies into Premier League battle at Burnley on Monday, insists he is happy at St James' Park.

He said: "I read in the press and heard people talking, but I am happy here. I am concentrating on this, I don't like rumours.

"The reality, obviously, is that my family is in Liverpool, but my past was Liverpool (Football Club). Everton is a great club.

"I'm not saying I'm interested, I'm saying I'm happy here and want to concentrate on Newcastle and doing my best here."

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