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Newcastle captain Lascelles: Benitez teaching me about man-management

Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has revealed manager Rafa Benitez has spoken to him about how to communicate as a leader.

Lascelles is in his second season as Magpies skipper.

He said: "I think I'm a big character in the dressing room, though, so I'm more comfortable with it.

"It would have been more difficult had I become the captain immediately after I signed, but I've been at Newcastle for a few years now and that's been a huge help.

"I know everyone and there's a level of respect there already.

"It took me a little while to understand how to get my message across to some of the squad. Rafa has sat me down on a few occasions and explained I can't communicate the same way with every player."

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