Rafa Benitez Talks About His New Contract


At Rafa’s press conference this afternoon for the game at Watford tomorrow afternoon the manager was asked how the talks on his potential new contract are going.

Rafa said there was no news but that the two sides are still talking.

Rafa seems to have put no deadline on the talks, but that may have been a good thing to limit the negotiations from going on for weeks and weeks – as we seem to do with the transfers.

Rafa Benitez – at a previous press conference

Either Mike Ashley will support Rafa to the extent he needs for him to sign a new deal or he will not.

This is some of what Rafa said this afternoon.

“We are still talking but there is no news. So, we continue talking. I will not put a deadline, but it is obvious for everyone it is better to do things as quick as possible, but we need to keep talking and see where we are.”

“It is best to do things quickly, but do not be worried about the length of the window.”  “In the past, PL clubs had so much time. We have plenty of time if we do things right.”

“Our idea is to try to get 3 points in every game, but especially after 2 defeats, we want to do well. It is difficult after what we have achieved but we will make some changes to keep players on their toes.”

“I was talking with him (Slimani).”  “He was keen to stay and train, so we are happy with that given that we have 2 games. We will talk again next week.”

About half of our fans think we can win this game tomorrow at Vicarage Road and if we can do that it will almost guarantee us at least 10th place in the league.

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2 comments so far

  • lesh

    May 4, 2018 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #1

    So, they’re still talking? What is there to spend a lot of time arguing about? Rafa’s demands won’t be so huge in the grand plan of things but to Ashley, they’ll represent a grab for increased authority and thus removing Barnes, his man on the ground, from the scene. Ashley won’t be happy with that.

    Prolonged talking’s not good enough and it reminds me of our efforts to buy players – going through the motions!

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 4, 2018 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Absolutely spot on lesh. Talk, talk, talk. It’s all stalling by Ashley. What good will it do. To move forward Rafa must receive a decent transfer kitty. Talk about the amount. Ashley has little leverage. The club is worth far more with Rafa as manager. Any more nonsense at the end of the season, including lies will cause Rafa to leave and Ashley to lose enormous amounts of money.

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