The news today is that Newcastle are very close to signing 19 year-old Tammy Abraham on loan for the season and it seems it was Rafa Benitez who went out of his way to seal the deal.
But that will come as no surprise to Newcastle fans.
The Mail are reporting today that Rafa was so anxious to get the young striker tied up at Newcastle that he travelled to the England training HQ at St George’s Park to seal the deal.
And it’s reported the day he visited Abraham was his 19th wedding anniversary, so we wonder if his wife Maria de Montserrat went with him?
Mr and Mrs Benitez
Rafa has a very understanding and patient wife who knows Rafa’s simply obsessed with football.
And Maria de Montserrat is very successful in her own right and she is highly educated with a PhD and extremely active in all kinds of charity work and has earned the nickname – The Angel Of Kindness.
As well as being completely obsessed with football Rafa is very much a family man with two teenage daughters – we wonder how much they know about football tactics and how to defend against corners?
The 19 year-old striker was at England’s training base and preparing for this summer’s U-21 European Championships to be held in Poland and takes place from 16-30 June.
Tammy had a good season on loan last season scoring 26 goals for Bristol City.
Bristol manager Lee Johnson said this about the striker earlier this year:
“He’s been a fantastic signing for us.”
“We appreciate it from Chelsea, but we’ve done well for Tammy and Chelsea.”
“The market value has shot up on him, if they ever want to sell him, but also we’ve helped develop him.”
“That only comes from Tammy being such a good lad and working as hard as he has.
“This will be an unbelievable learning curve for him.”
It looks like the loan signing of Tammy Abraham could be wrapped up in the next day or so – pity we couldn’t get him with an option to buy in the loan contract.