The news from Rafa, speaking on Spanish radio, is that negotiations have started on a new contract, so we will now see what Mike Ashley is thinking.
Ashley has been as silent as the night recently and has not attended any Newcastle games recently, but he wants to sign Rafa to a long-term deal.
That’s because that will help sell the club and raise the price of it.
Those are two thing Mike Ashley is keen to do – sell the club at a very good price after he has done nothing to improve the club over the last eleven years.
Rafa Benitez – at St. James’ Park Sunday
This is what Rafa, who turned 58 yesterday, has said on Spanish radio as reported in the Mail:
“We have one more year left on the contract and now the Board are trying that we talk a little bit about the future because the talk now is always about ‘projects’.”
“With so much investment it is increasingly difficult but they want to link us (Rafa and his coaches) the club for more time so that we can make a stronger team if possible.”
“The fact that you get linked with a club (Arsenal), it is something positive because it makes you proud of your career trajectory.”
“People in England are conscious of the fact that experience in the Premier League is important and, what is more, you go to other competitions and other leagues and win as well.”
“They see that experience, when a team is struggling to get into the top four, with that experience the coaches who while they are still young.”
“Because 58 for a coach is still young, they know the Premier League.”
“And they know what it is to compete, what it is to win, that is what they value.”
“There are people that talk about ‘young coaches and we give them time’.”
“But when a club wants to win quickly, what they want is results and results with people who have been here for a while.”
“And know what the Premier League is and how difficult it can be.”
There will be some clubs that will make a move for Rafa this summer.
And they will likely include West Ham who didn’t look too good in getting a late equalizer (from Andy Carroll) last night at home to the second-bottom club Stoke City to draw 1-1.
We cannot see David Moyes staying at West Ham next season.
But we are hoping Rafa will sign a new deal at Newcastle – even if Mike Ashley is the owner.