Former Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez made a guest appearance on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football this week, and it is fair to say Toon fans still miss their Spanish hero.

Speaking about Newcastle, he constantly referred to the club as “we” and “us”, proving he has not lost the love for the club or its fans since his departure, and still regards it as ‘his’ team.

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He also praised the job Steve Bruce is doing, and it is clear he bears no grudge against him for stepping into the role he left.

Asked about the current position Newcastle are in, the Chronicle report Rafa said: “I had a lot of confidence in the team. You can see the group of players, the way they were working last year, the commitment and passion they had.

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“You can see a team that is organised, they are pushing and they are working especially when they play at home.

“The fans are supporting them, and even if they don’t have too many fans they are still out supporting them. I can see the team doing well and I don’t think they will be relegated.”

Rafa did aim one dig at the club about his departure

There was one swipe Rafa took at the club and those running it, and it was when he was asked what his idea was to take Newcastle further, had he stayed.

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“If I was guilty of anything, it was to work really hard and to have some ambition,” said Benitez. “We gave the fans hope that we could go forward and improve that.

“I’m really pleased they are doing well and I’m really pleased for Steve Bruce because he’s doing a great job.

It is still easy to see why fans love the man so much. He is gracious, endearing and a gentleman. He is sorely missed, and although some fans appear to be warming to Steve Bruce, sadly, he is never likely to feel the adulation the Spanish maestro is given on Tyneside.

Fans were quick to comment on seeing Rafa talking Newcastle and the Premier League again. Here are some of their comments from social media:

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