Newcastle United back in English Premier League

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Ayoze Perez struck twice as Rafael Benitez succeeded in his mission to guide Newcastle back to the Premier League at the first attempt with a resounding 4-1 victory over 10-man Preston.

Ghana star Christian Atsu says he will love to work again under Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez after the Magpies won promotion to the English Premier League.

But, asked if he would still be at the helm in August, Benitez - who signed a three-year contract in May last year - said with a smile: "You never know, that is football".

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Atsu, a Chelsea loanee, could remain at Newcastle because of Benitez, who he describes as a great human being.

The Independent had previously reported that Newcastle would make the Stoke captain their number one transfer target should they win promotion to the Premier League. "I'm really proud of everyone because we knew it would be hard at the beginning, when everyone was saying, "Rafa has no experience of the Championship and it will be tough", he said.

"It's vital because not only do we have to put our last result right, we are playing a team that is around us in the table", Shawcross told the club website.

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Elliot has witnessed a seismic change at St James' Park since Benitez came in 13 months ago and believes the manager deserves enormous credit for the job he has done. And the commitment he showed to stay, that is the biggest thing. "However, he made sure each and every player had a part to play and everyone is really happy at that".

"The fans are wonderful, they deserve the best, the best football, so we did everything this season to bring them again to the Premier League".

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"Now is the time to enjoy what we have done".

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