Rafa Benitez could make it very tough for some of our top stars to leave Newcastle this summer, if Rafa wants them to stay to form the foundation of the new side he is building at the club.
That’s the news in the Chronicle today and it does seem as though Newcastle are not too short of cash and can adequately survive for one season down below.
There are a number of players who may want to leave the club this summer and they include the likes of Moussa Sissoko , Gini Wijnaldum , Cheick Tiote, Daryl Janmaat, Papiss Cisse and Andros Townsend.
Rafa Benitez – can get tough when he needs to
But if Rafa sees these players as those he would want in a year’s time, when hopefully we are back in the Premier League, then why let them leave in the first place?
Benitez has well known abilities of convincing players what’s good for them.
Some players will be allowed to leave – but only those who the world-class manager thinks are expendable and there are enough of them.
But for some of our top players it may mean staying at Newcastle in the second division for one season.
They certainly will not miss out financially, with the players all staying on the wages they got last season and that would mean Rafa would have had them for another year as he gets his methods through to the squad.
Rafa wants to start immediately to build a top class squad for the future at Newcastle and that’s for more than just gaining promotion next May.
Rafa also has every legal right to demand that players respect their contracts at the club, but it will only be a few players at most he may have to persuade to stay.
Rafa has previously made it clear he would want most of the squad to stay if he took over:
“The idea is that the majority of the players they would stay.”
“It depends. Maybe we will receive a massive offer for a player we have to consider, but the players know at the moment they have to stay.”
“Then the club will decide little by little on each individual.”
From what we heard from the likes of Andros Townsend and even Daryl Janmaat it may not take a lot of persuading for them to stay at the club – now that Rafa is the manager for at least the next three years.
Most of the players just loved being coached by Rafa and there may not be too much resistance to staying if Rafa wants a player to stay – the players should take that as a compliment.
The likelihood is that for season 2017-2018 Newcastle could be pushing for a top six spot in the Premier League – and we could even have a good chance of long runs in the cup competitions starting this season.
Everything changes with Rafa Benitez running Newcastle.
Howay The Lads!!