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Hicks confident of Benitez deal by lfctalk
January 16, 2009, 15:42
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One of the club’s American owners, Tom Hicks, gave an interview to Sky Sports News today in the wake of Rafael Benitez rejecting the latest contract offer.

He said “As Rafa says, we have a strong working relationship and we’re united behind the team. We understand Rafa’s frustrations and we’re committed to working with him and his advisors to find a solution here. We’ll keep talking. I’m coming over for the Chelsea match and we’d already planned to get together on the 30th and 31st to talk over a number of issues. We’ll clear up anything that’s been talked about here and now we want to keep our focus on the pitch – we’ve got the derby coming up.”

“Rafa’s been frustrated for a long time now about the length of time it takes for certain things to happen, and I think he’s just trying to, you know, position himself to be able to do his job better. There are balances that need to be achieved in English football and we’ll work through these things.”

When asked whether Benitez had a point when it comes to transfer deals taking longer than usual at Anfield, Hicks replied by saying: “Well, sure he does – but we can fix that, and we will.”

Hicks was also convinced that any issues at the club can be remedied: “I’m absolutely comfortable in saying Rafa loves Liverpool and will be the manager.” he stated.

“George and I will be working with the lawyers to get this resolved (Benitez’s contract). I am just not worried about it at all.”

The American is also sure that the ongoing negotiations won’t affect the players and their performances. He said “Oh, I hope not. That’s why Rafa’s advisors have wanted to slow things down and try to take attention away from this. They want to stay focused on the pitch.”

“You know, I have had a great relationship with Rafa in this past year. We talk often and e-mail even more often. I have had a lot of fun watching him doing a great job this year and we’ve got a great relationship.”

When asked if he thought the contract would be sorted out in the near future, he replied: “I do – I certainly do. There are certainly no issues between Rafa and the owners in any way. There are issues he wants to work out to make things better for the club.”

Hicks was also pleased with the progress Benitez and his team have made in the league this season.

“Well, you can’t complain at being first. We’d have liked a couple more points last weekend but we’ve now got to worry about Everton on Monday.”

The Texan had a message for any Reds worryting that Benitez could be lost over this contract.

“They should relax – Rafa is going to be manager of Liverpool for the next five years and we’ll work through these little lawyer issues.”

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