Rafa Benitez met with Newcastle winger Andros Townsend yesterday, after it seems that Crystal Palace met all the conditions of the release clause in his contract, according to the Mirror.
It’s obvious that Rafa wants to keep Andros at the club along with some of Newcastle’s other good players, in an effort for Newcastle to get promoted next May and get straight back into the Premier League.
Andros Townsend with Lee Charnley
The Mirror says that talks went well yesterday and there was news last night that Newcastle were willing to renegotiate Andros contract at Newcastle and pay him £20K/week more than he is currently getting, which is reported at £55K/week.
The very good news is that Andros told Rafa he is willing to stay on Tyneside next season and sign the new deal.
The amount of the release clause – as we have pointed out – is open to question – with the Express yesterday reporting it was £10.5M but that’s an average of the two figures that have been mentioned up to this point – £8M and £13M.
A little suspicious.
Rafa would have told Andros yesterday that he is one of the key players, not only for next season to get us promoted, but also for the future, when Rafa’s ambitions for the club are to take us into the top four in the Premier League and qualify for the Champions League.
Rafa puts no limit on what he and Newcastle can do together – Rafa is ambitious – world-class ambitious – and he seems to be being backed fully by the fans, with the news yesterday that season tickets were selling extremely well.
If this news is true om Townsend then we expect Newcastle to make a splash about it and send out the word that Newcastle are serious about keeping their best players on Tyneside.
It will also further endear Townsend to the fans, who voted him into second place behind Rob Elliot in our Player of the Season voting, due to his great form when he scored four good goals for us this year.
Notice also that Rafa now has responsibilities for players’ contracts and we have to think this initiative came from the former Liverpool manager, with some help from Lee Charnley on the financial side of things.
This is a move of an ambitious club determined to be promoted next May – that’s one of the good things about it.
Howay The Lads!!