Before any players decide to stay at Newcastle, they may want to know whether Rafa will be staying long term at the club.
One example is goalkeeper Martin Dubravka who will almost certainly be offered a deal at Newcastle as there is an option to buy in his loan contract for €4M.
And another good example is Jamaal Lascelles, with news today that Everton are likely to lodge a £25M bid for him in the summer.
Rafa Benitez with Jamaal Lascelles after Arsenal win
There was news earlier that Chelsea were getting a £35M bid for Lascelles ready for the summer, so there are some Premier League clubs interested in the Newcastle captain.
Jamaal and Jonjo Shelvey have both said that signing Rafa on a long-term deal is the key to Newcastle’s future.
And as usual, Newcastle are dithering around, and this is the third week of negotiations.
They are attempting to sort out a new contract for the manager and identify what the club is willing to give him in transfer funds.
And if nothing is sorted out soon some potential transfers into the club could well want to know what Rafa’s future is.
And if Rafa goes some players like Lascelles could want to leave.
And there are some clubs only too willing to take Benitez off Newcastle’s hands if no agreement can be reached.,
As usual, the Newcastle hierarchy are showing little initiative, and heaven knows how long it will take them to reach an agreement with Rafa – if indeed that’s what happens.
It’s another sign of the lack of ambition at the top of the club.
And if Rafa was to leave the club, Mike Ashley would sell players like Jamaal Lascelles in a flash to get the money.