Benitez is still unsure over future at Newcastle

Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte

As well as demanding the freedom to get deals done, Benitez also wants assurances over a commitment to improving Newcastle's training ground and academy.

Chelsea were denied a place in next season's Champions League when they were well beaten 3-0 at Newcastle as Liverpool easily beat Brighton.

Three or four key summer signings will be required to ensure Newcastle can turn their attentions towards the European positions, but while this season's achievements have added more than £120m to the Magpies' coffers, it remains to be seen whether Ashley is willing to loosen the purse strings.

Meanwhile, Antonio Conte's Chelsea heads into the final day of the Premier League in hope of a miracle to find their way into next season's Champions League football.

Cahill suggested Chelsea were focused on next weekend's FA Cup final against Manchester United, but would be irritated if any members of the team had taken the clash at St James' Park lightly.

Paul Dummett (7.5/10): Dummett's defensive solidity is what kept Chelsea at bay throughout the course of the game from the left-hand side.

"Copy and paste, different day", said Shearer.

26-year-old Shelvey has six caps for the national side but hasn't been called up since 2015.

Mohamed Diame (9/10): It's not easy keeping tabs on the likes of N'Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko but Newcastle's Mohamed Diame did it with absolute perfection today.

Ayoze Perez (9.5/10): Arguably the best player of the game, Ayoze Perez's incredible performance helped Newcastle register a thumping win over the Premier League giants. "Whoever he decides to go for, it's up to him and congratulations to the players who do go".

"Jack Wilshere has had 12 starts this season because of injury and I don't think you can take too many gambles".

Joselu (7/10): Replaced Dwight Gayle in the first few minutes after the restart and although he wasn't as influential as the former Palace striker, Joselu put in a decent shift till the end.

"Jonjo Shelvey controlled the midfield".

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