There’s some excellent news today from Rafa Benitez who says the north-east already feels like home to him and he wants to stay and give the faithful Geordie fans a team we can all be proud of.
The reports are in the national newspapers like the Express and Star and quote an interview he gave to the lifestyle magazine North East Times.
He certainly seems as determined as ever to do his very best at Newcastle so this will come as great news for our fans even though he does not appear to get on well with the owner.
But maybe Rafa knows something we don’t know – and maybe Mike Ashley wants to sell the club, and Rafa is prepared to wait for that to happen?
Rafa Benitez – I have always felt welcome at Newcastle
We have no inside information on that – it’s just that if Rafa does build a good team despite the owner, we will surely be an excellent acquisition for some consortium – even at £400M.
This is what Rafa has said in the North East Times:
“The North East already feels like home for me. I was made to feel so welcome by everybody at the club, the supporters and the city from my very first day.
“I believe it is important to embrace a city and its people and I am grateful to have such a positive relationship with our fantastic supporters.”
“I have always felt very welcome at this club. All I can do is continue to work hard every day and try my best to give them a team to be proud of.”
“The fans are the motivation in everything that we do and I am really glad we could make them happy last season.”
“We know this season will be tough in the Premier League but with the fans on our side, it gives us a better chance of achieving our targets.”
“My family wanted me to stay in England after time away in Italy and Spain.”
“And it is true my daughters were showing me what the fans were saying on social media at the time.”
“They were looking on different social networks and saying: ‘You have to stay and win for these people – the fans love you here!’”
“I have always said the fans were one of the reasons I decided to stay and for my family, the comments they were seeing helped them to see it could be the right place for me.”
The interview was conducted on August 24th, but those are still very positive comments from Rafa.
And as we all know it’s the fans he wants to stay at Newcastle for.
Howay The Lads!!