The Mirror is reporting today that West Ham want to sign Rafa Benitez in the summer after they had agreed to sign him almost two years ago, before he got a last minute offer from Real Madrid in June of 2015 and went to manage his home town club.
It’s not the first time Rafa has been linked with West Ham, because earlier this season when Slaven Bilic was struggling at the Hammers there was news they may move for Benitez.
It seems that Bilic has done better since then with West Ham now in 12th place on 33 points and 9 points above the drop zone, so they will not be relegated this season but their form of late has not been good with only one league win this year.
Rafa Benitez – happy as Newcastle manager
Rafa has done well at Newcastle and showed what a very good manager he is and he’s already been linked with the Arsenal job this year should Arsene Wenger decide to end his career at the London powerhouse.
The Mirror reports today that Rafa’s future at Newcastle is uncertain and we suppose that’s true a little bit, but only because of the (fake?) news the same newspaper reported in mid January.
They reported then that owner Mike Ashley was unhappy with some of Rafa’s transfers and that he wanted to revert back to buying players under 26.
So this may have been a made-up story by the Mirror Group – the report was in its sister publication the People.
But one real concern was that Rafa was annoyed at the end of January when no new players had been brought in because reportedly Ashley didn’t want to spend the money at that time.
At the end of 2015 while Rafa was still managing Real Madrid, this is what West Ham co-Chairman David Sullivan said:
“We were two hours from getting Benitez and then Real came in.” “We had agreed a contract and everything.
“He is a top manager, whatever anybody says, and I think he’d have done a wonderful job for us.”
The news is that West Ham want Bilic to win at least two games of their next four games which includes games against relegation candidates Hull, Swansea and Sunderland.
In short, we think West Ham have no chance of signing Rafa Benitez in the summer – no chance at all.
Rafa seems happy at Newcastle and this is what he told the Chronicle only four days ago when asked if he was happy he stayed at Newcastle after we were relegated last May:
“To be the manager of Newcastle United is a great privilege.”
“I’m really enjoying being at this fantastic club so, of course, I’m happy with my decision, yes.”
If Rafa did leave it would be because a top club in Europe wanted him, but he also wants to be near his home in the Wirral and he has that with managing Newcastle – his home is an hour away by helicopter.
These reports of Premier League clubs being interested in signing Rafa this summer will only strengthen his hand when he meets with owner Mike Ashley at the end of this season – so we suppose that’s one good thing about them.
What do you think?