It’s probably as daft to think Rafa Benitez would come to Newcastle as it is to think Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp would come, but just in case Mike Ashley was going to shock us all and offer Rafa Benitez the job, news today that he will be staying on at Napoli.
Rafa Benitez – staying at Napoli
The news is that Napoli Club President Aurelio De Laurentiis has offered Rafa a new five year deal to stay in Italy, after he has done well with them over the last two seasons, and they are currently 4th top of the Italian League.
The Spaniard would be out of contract in June and was getting ready to find a new club if he was not offered a new deal at Napoli.
This is what De Laurentiis has said on Radio Kiss Kiss:
“I’ve told him he can stay for one year or he can stay for the next five,” “He can build a Napoli the way he did with Liverpool. If he stays, I’ll be the happiest man in the world.”
The news is being reported that Newcastle United and West Ham were front-runners to hire him, but we’d have been very surprised if he would join either club, who are hardly ever in Europe, let alone challenging for the Premier League.
It was a nice thought that Rafa may join Newcastle but we all know it was never going to happen, because he’s just far too ambitious and would upset the status quo at Newcastle.