Andros Townsend delighted Rafael Benitez will stay at Newcastle after agreeing new deal

The Spaniard was unable to keep the Magpies in the Premier League.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez celebrates with Andros Townsend at the end of the match

Andros Townsend has admitted that he is delighted that Rafael Benitez has committed his future to Newcastle United by signing a three-year deal with the club, the Chronicle reports.

The 56-year-old was unable to save the Magpies from falling into the Championship this past season, but is nevertheless, likely to be viewed as the side's best signing this summer after agreeing to stay and lead their fight to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

And Townsend has explained that he is over the moon with the news, before discussing the impact that the Spaniard has had on his own game.

"It was fantastic news," he told the Chronicle. "Obviously, it's no secret how well the manager did towards the end of last season, how well he got us playing and also how he got me playing well as well and getting me back to the form I've shown."

Andros Townsend celebrates after scoring the first goal for Newcastle

Despite playing for a side battling near the bottom of the table, Townsend's form under Benitez saw him force his way back into the international fold, and make himself a serious contender to go to the European Championships with England.

And while many of the team will not have this summer's tournament to help them get over the disappointment of relegation, they will undoubtedly return to the club in high spirits given the way that they played during the final weeks of this past campaign. 

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez and coach Fabio Pecchia

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