There’s an expanded interview in the Shields Gazette where Rafa is talking about his one-on-one talks with owner Mike Ashley.
Rafa says that Ashley is happy with everything.
That’s not surprising since the price of the Newcastle club has probably gone up about £100M with Newcastle now in 10th place in the Premier League.
If we can improve our recent form, we have a chance of even catching slumping Leicester City in 9th place who were hammered 5-0 at Crystal Palace yesterday.
Rafa Benitez talks with star winger Kenedy yesterday
Rafa was asked if Mike Ashley had congratulated him:
“We were talking in the past and he was happy, obviously, with everything, so we had the conversation before.”
“The conversation about the contract and the future is between Lee Charnley and my people.”
“My representatives have talked with Lee Charnley, and that’s it. I won’t say anything else about that, because I want to concentrate on football and the game.”
“The talks are about everything, but that is part of the conversation next week.”
“I’m telling you now, because obviously a lot of people want to know. I will not talk too much about that, because we will have another meeting and we’ll see how it’s going.”
“I think this would be good for everybody.”
“What I will say is that I don’t want to talk about my ambitions, because it’s linked with the contract and all these things,”
“My answer is that we have to talk, and that’s it.”
“We know that we have a massive city behind us, so you have to try and do your best with this massive club, but I will not talk about that.” (he just did)
“They (his reps and Lee Charnley) had a conversation talking about everything.”
“You have to talk about everything, and now they have to continue talking and see where we are.”
“You had three months (in the transfer window) to do whatever you want to do – now you have two months,”
“You can do whatever you want in two months.”
It may just be us – but it seems Rafa is even upbeat about staying on at Newcastle.
We suspect his relationship with Ashley is better than people think and certainly the owner should be delighted with what’s happened with the club this year.
Now Ashley needs to back Rafa fully in the summer transfer market and agree to his demands to make Newcastle into one of Europe’s top clubs.
Why wouldn’t he do that?