Rafa Benitez has denied that he will leave Newcastle anytime soon to become a director at his former side Napoli, in an interview with an Italian radio station.

Speaking to Radio Kiss Kiss in Italy, via, CalcioNapoli24, the Newcastle United boss explained that he would not be leaving the Magpies to join Napoli’s directors board, but still has a fondness for Naples.

Benitez managed Napoli from 2013 until 2015, where he left to join Real Madrid in a failed spell in the Spanish capital.

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The Spaniard told Radio Kiss Kiss:

Aurelio de Laurentiis hasn’t asked, and I’m still a bit too young. Anyway, here, in the Premier League, I talk a lot about Caserta Palace, subterranean Naples and the Veiled Christ.

The former Napoli boss also talked about Newcastle’s start to the season, with the Magpies recently picking up their first wins of the season.

Benitez put the poor start before this down to the tough opposition that Newcastle had to play, but is now optimistic now his side are playing more teams at about the same level.

You can see the first eight games we played, we lost so much because we played the big teams in the league. These days, we’re playing teams of our level, where we can either win or draw.