There is still no announcement this morning about Kenedy and the big news will be if Newcastle have managed to get an option to buy him next summer (or before that) in his loan contract.
But Rafa has also talked about the state of things at Newcastle and has revealed some things – for the first time basically since the season ended in mid-May.
Rafa has already held a meeting with Ashley face to face this summer – so that’s good.
Rafa Benitez – back at his desk last Friday at Benton
They discussed where he would like the Newcastle club to go and there are things Ashley must do to improve various aspects of the club.
Mike Ashley will know very clearly the club Rafa wants to build on Tyneside.
But not sure what he thinks about all of this – since he never says anything – which is part of his problem as the Newcastle owner.
Rafa made his comments during the annual Newcastle Foundation 1892 Cup which was held yesterday.
Rafa had this to say as reported in the Chronicle when asked about the state of his contract talks:
“No, it’s fine. We spoke about the future and the possibilities, that’s it.”
“I said that we have to see how things are going and then we can sit down later on and discuss that.”
“I’d like to stay here for five years or 10 years if it’s possible because I can see the potential, the fans and the city.”
“Everybody needs to be pushing in the right direction.”
“But we have to do things like I imagine has to be done in a football club.”
“Yeah I was talking to him in the summer – face to face. It was fine. But we are still where we are.”
From what Rafa is saying it seems he’s using his contract as a leverage this summer so he can put together a good side – first things first.
And then if and when he’s satisfied with the state of things at the club and with Ashley’s backing he could sign the new deal – and likely to be a five-year deal.
But if he doesn’t do that then he could simply hang on until next summer when his contract runs out and he will get huge offers from some top clubs.
He’s proving at Newcastle that a manager of his skill and stature can still build a very good team without spending huge amounts of money.
It shows what a terrific manager he is.
It also shows Rafa’s relationship with Ashley is a lot better than fans think.
What do you think?