Rafael Benitez responds when asked about rumoured clause in his Newcastle contract

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Rafael Benitez has confirmed there is a get-out clause in his Newcastle contract.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has confirmed there is a get-out clause in his contract, should the Magpies suffer relegation to the Championship this season, as quoted by talkSPORT.

The Magpies chose to sack manager Steve McClaren on Friday, six days after they lost 3-1 at home to Bournemouth, which left the club in 19th place in the Premier League table.

Newcastle may only be one point away from safety, but they clearly felt that they wouldn't achieve survival under McClaren - and they didn't take long to secure his replacement.

Just hours after McClaren's exit, Newcastle confirmed the appointment of Rafael Benitez as their new manager, with the Spaniard back in management having left Real Madrid in January.

The 55-year-old former Liverpool boss is charged with the task of keeping Newcastle in the Premier League, and the Magpies clearly have faith in him having handed him a three-year contract.

However, The Guardian reported on Friday that Benitez's contract actually contains a get-out clause, where if Newcastle suffer relegation, Benitez is able to leave the club.

Benitez had his first press conference as Newcastle on Saturday, and was asked about that contract clause. Benitez responded by admitting that it is indeed true, but he is looking beyond the season as he thinks he can keep the club up, as quoted by talkSPORT.

"Yes [there is a clause]," said Benitez. "Some people can see this as special, but it's normal. I am coming here trying to do my best to stay in the Premier League and if I have a compromise for the future, it's because I am convinced that we will do well. I want to stay here - that means that I want to win from Monday," he added.

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