There’s one sentence in a report from the Northern Echo that should give Newcastle fans some real hope that Rafa will be staying long-term at Newcastle.
We really don’t know much about what’s happening behind the scenes between Managing Director Lee Charnley and Rafa’s representatives in their negotiations.
But one sentence in the Northern Echo seems to offer some hope that Rafa will sign on long-term at Newcastle and even get some real support from the owner Mike Ashley.
A happy looking Rafa Benitez
The sentence comes in a report (from Paul Fraser) on Jamaal Lascelles being wanted by various big clubs and former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel possibly being a target of the Magpies this summer.
This is the one sentence that stands out and hits you in the article.
“Benitez is under the impression that Ashley will give him a lot of what he is asking for once he has committed his future to St James’ Park, as he approaches the final year of his contract.”
What that sentence suggests is that Mike Ashley may not be as stubborn in the negotiations as is being portrayed in the press.
Rafa will not expect every single thing he is asking for, but he definitely wants Mike Ashley to support him in the vision he has for Newcastle United, and he needs decent money in each transfer window.
And Rafa has said his relationship with the owner is better than a lot of people think during a televised discussion he had in his office with Sky Sports Spanish reporter Guillem Balague.
So there’s some good news that will give fans some hope that Rafa will sign a long-term deal before too long.
It will also help a lot if there is a good working relationship between Rafa and Mike Ashley.
Rafa should have a direct communication line through to the owner and should not have to rely on Lee Charnley telling the owner everything that’s going on.
And the sooner Rafa signs that new long-term contract the better.
We wonder how many years it will be for?
If it’s for 10 years I may have to rush for those blood pressure tablets.
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