Rafa has given an interview with the local press today and he says he has told owner Mike Ashley what he thinks about a contract extension, and he says Mike now knows how he feels about Newcastle.
The very good news is that Rafa has praised the City, the fans and the huge potential of the club, and he says he’s really pleased to be at Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez – I love the City, fans, and everything about Newcastle
No – I am not making that up – that’s what he has said in an interview with the Chronicle today.
This is what Rafa said:
“I told Mike what I thought about the contract extension.”
“He knows my opinion, and we don’t have to talk now. I don’t have any problem with my future.”
“I’m really pleased to be here and I love the city, the fans, the potential, everything.”
“Obviously I have more information now, it’s just a question of doing what we have to do. It’s just to ensure the team is doing well.”
“I can give my opinion in terms of football operations, but everything is subject to the financial position of the club.”
“I give names, have some information and feedback from Managing Director Lee Charnley, and then I give my opinion.”
“For me, I have to make sure we are doing things in the right way, and if we have this common idea then I am not worried about that.”
“The main thing is that we have to be on the same page – that’s pretty simple.
“We have to be sure we stay in the Premier League.””
Rafa’s waiting to see if Ashley and Charnley can deliver the players he wants before the window closes, and that’s crucial if Mike Ashley wants to get Rafa to sign a new extended contract at Newcastle.
Rafa and Newcastle have had a difficult season so far, but Rafa seems to take it all in his stride and seems to have nerves of steel.
He’s got a great temperament and character and just seems to love the work he is doing at Newcastle – you can tell that by the upbeat way he conducts his press conferences and his positive demeanor on the training field.
Whoever is the owner in the summer it would be fabulous news for our fans if we are still a Premier League club and Rafa signs a new extended contract to stay at the club.
Drinks all around if that happens.
And then hopefully the summer transfer window can be one of the best we have ever had.
Yes – there’s a lot of hope in that statement.