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Rafa Benitez expresses his focus isn't the takeover

"No, we have been here before. We understand because I am someone with some experience. The best way to manage this situation is to concentrate on what depends on you. For us, it is just to prepare the games, give the right training sessions and give the proper instructions to our players to make sure we are ready for the next game. People talking about the takeover doesn't mean anything to us. We just have to stay calm and do what we can do now and prepare the game properly. Obviously, I wouldn't have to talk about it and I could concentrate on football but this is the way now. I understand you have to ask the questions and I understand I have to give the right answers but at the same time, my priority is focusing on the games. I can't control the situation with the takeover.

"I speak with Lee Charnley every day. When Mike Ashley is around for a game, we will talk after a game but normal things - nothing special. He understands before and after the games we are busy with interviews: TV, radio and newspapers - and he understands that.

"What we want is to succeed and to stay in the Premier League finishing as high as possible. Hopefully we can do it and I am happy here. The city, the potential - everything is so good that this football club deserves to be in the Premier League fighting to be in the top six positions."

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