The Mirror is reporting today that Rafa wants everything sorted out with the Newcastle hierarchy this week and before our final game of the season at home to Chelsea on Sunday – all games will kick off at 3:00pm.
The news has not been particularly positive after the talks seem to have stalled and that Ashley doesn’t seem to be willing to give Rafa the transfer money he was expecting.
Rafa Benitez seems keen to get going on transfers early in the summer os we don’t have the same thing as last season when the club was unable to bring in any of Rafa’s top targets.
We assume the talks will be restarted this week since Rafa wants some agreements soon and he will be asked about that at his press conference today for the Tottenham game tomorrow night.
Newcastle are much better off than we were last year when we had just been promoted back to the Premier League.
It seems difficult for Rafa to sign a new deal this week unless Mike Ashley is more willing to offer what Rafa wants regarding transfer money.
Rafa Benitez – happy on the training pitch
He wants to challenge in the top eight of the Premier League and win some trophies, and he is asking for written guarantees of what’s offered to him.
This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Mirror today:
“Now I think we will have more chances to do what we want, to convince players to come here.”
“The difference last year was that I remember talking to a couple of players and when you’ve been in the Championship it is always – oh fine, the city, the fans, the stadium, the manager, whatever you want to say.”
“The ideal situation is to have around 22 players and then three players from the academy that have the potential to do well.”
“Can we do that? I don’t think we can do that at the moment.”
“So we have to manage. What you need is more quality in the squad to be sure you have 20 or whatever that can play any game.”
“You have to have more players now that they can play. And because we know the players much better, we can make the right decision with this group of players.”
“Some of the players who are already here are young players and didn’t know the Premier League.”
“So they will be better players next year if they continue working in the way they have been working.”
“But at the same time you need some players with experience that they can manage these bad runs and these situations where you are panicking a little bit.”
“If you are trying to be in the top eight, we know that we have to do this or that.”
The right words there from Rafa – now to get him signed up and quickly too!
Then we can have a celebration on Sunday – win, lose or draw.