The Chronicle are reporting today that talks between Rafa Benitez, his representatives, and the Newcastle hierarchy are at an impasse.
It appears that the talks have ceased, although Rafa is working hard with Lee Charnley on things like transfers.
And even if Rafa does not sign a new deal to stay at Newcastle, he will see out the final year of his contract.
Rafa seems to be sticking to his guns in that he has laid out the conditions he has for signing a new extended contract at the club and Mike Ashley will not meet all those demands.
That’s the conclusion reached after reading the Chronicle report.
Rafa Benitez – negotiations at an impasse
Rafa has a £6M release clause in his contract, but he’s not expected to leave Newcastle this summer even if a club comes in and is willing to pay £6M for him.
The manager’s jobs have been filled at both West Ham and Napoli – Manuel Pellegrini took the West Ham job, and Carlo Ancelotti signed on at Napoli.
So that is supposed to have relieved things on the Newcastle side of things – but Rafa was never going back to Napoli in any case since he wants to remain in England.
But this is not the way to handle a world-class manager who has done wonders for Newcastle over the last two seasons
And he remains the only Liverpool manager to have won the Champions League since 1984 after Liverpool went down 3-1 to Real Madrid last night in the final in Ukraine.
It was an awful display from Loris Karius in goal who basically gifted Real two of their goals after Mane had made it 1-1 after Karius had gifted the first goal to striker Karim Benzema.
It was an absolutely magnificent goal from substitute Gareth Bale that put Real ahead again – and it will be talked about for decades to come.
The game ended up a 3-1 after Bale scored again with a speculative long-range effort that Karius fumbled into the net.- all goals came in the second half,
Back to Newcastle – top players may refuse to join Newcastle if Rafa is not on a long-term deal so it would be better for the club if we signed the 58-year-old – as soon as possible.
This does not look good for Newcastle who are again dithering during vital negotiations on the future of the club.
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