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Rafa Wanted By Top Chinese Clubs – Why A Move Will Not Happen


The Mirror is reporting today that Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is wanted by Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian next summer.

Other top clubs are also said to be monitoring his situation at Newcastle.

We’re not at all surprised that top clubs in China have been interested in Rafa’s situation at Newcastle and that he will likely become available when his current Newcastle contract runs out next June.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is unwilling to back Rafa’s ambitions for Newcastle by providing him with (any) funds in the transfer windows.

Rafa Benitez – wants to stay in England

And in the time Rafa has been at Newcastle we have made a net profit of £40M in five transfer windows including about £20M this summer.

Benitez has said many times he would be willing to stay at St James’ Park for up to 10 years, but changes would have to be made in the way the club does business.

That’s especially true in the transfer market where Rafa wants full control of who comes in and who goes out and he wants to spend the money as he sees fit.

It seems that Mike Ashley is unwilling to give Rafa the control he wants if he is to sign a new deal on Tyneside.

A source close to the Chinese game said this to the Mirror:

“Tianjin Quanjian could be interested in Rafa at the end of the season when he would be free as things stand.”

“Clubs in China are still monitoring his situation, especially with him not signing a contract.”

“A manager here can lose two games and be out, so any of the top clubs could be interested.’’

The Chinese clubs throw money at top managers and players to get them to move to China, and the report says Benitez could earn as much as £30M a year in China.

But from what we can tell Rafa is not motivated too much by the money but by achieving things – by winning trophies

Rafa’s also a family man, and one big reason he signed for Newcastle over two years ago was that he was only a little over 180 miles from the family home in the Wirral, Cheshire.

There’s excellent train service between Newcastle and Liverpool, and he can also drive the distance in less than three hours.

So Rafa can get back to visit his wife Montse and their two teenage daughters quite frequently.

He could not do that when he managed Inter-Milan, Napoli and Real Madrid.

He will not be going to China, and the likelihood is if he leaves Newcastle next summer it will be to another Premier League club.

That club will have much more ambition, and energy than Mike Ashley has for Newcastle.

And they will provide him with ample transfer funds to build a top team – which is what he wanted to do at Newcastle.

If he does leave Newcastle next summer, it will be a tragedy for the club and the City  – not to mention our fans.

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105 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Aug 19, 2018 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #1

    https://twitter.com/NorthernIreland/status/1030935245888135170

    Carl Frampton got a warm welcome in Belfast last night.

    1
  • crawfordm

    Aug 19, 2018 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #2

    Never say never – the man has been utterly shafted by that man of integrity Ashley. We would disintergrate if Rafa were to leave. Im sure fatman would find a manager however what type of player would want to come here ? Ashley has systematically destroyed the club over his tenure !!!!

    8
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 19, 2018 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Can we just move on for now the window is closed there’s nothing to do about regardless of what went down in the summer and why! It’s done and we have to move on and focus on the games..,

    It’s quite pathetic to witness a performance like that yesterday and have to read comments that suggest it’s all Mike Ashley’s fault!

    So you watch a performance and management like that and you think that’s Mike Ashley’s fault!

    Kenedy’s performance was Mike Ashley’s fault!

    Kenedy missed a penalty was Mike Ashley’s fault!

    Manquillo is crap is Mike Ashley’s fault

    Joselu is general is Mike Ashley’s fault!

    Diame starts this season like he started last season and that’s Mike Ashley’s fault!

    It’s really all his fault…always and a day!

    Really….

    3
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Would that idiot that suggested that please stand up!

    0
  • AncientC

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #5

    ‘And in the time Rafa has been at Newcastle we have made a net profit of £40M in five transfer windows.’

    Imagine if Benitez knew that was coming before signing on the dotted line.

    I have had a few scuffles on here previously telling people that Benitez didn’t get transfer control guarantees, but everybody else knew better. It is very simple, Mike Ashley will never sign another deal like the one he did with Keegan. It will be NDAs and shallow promises.

    Without wanting to be repetitive, nothing will change until Ashley is gone, or he has an epiphany.

    9
  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #6

    YES

    1
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #7

    …I forgot that Hayden’s family issues is because of Mike Ashley!

    And his red card is because everything can be blamed on Mike Ashley!

    I even blame Mike Ashley for Perez not getting a hattrick yesterday!

    I blame Mike Ashley for Ibiza not posting anymore!

    And the undoing of Tsunki I also blame on Mike Ashley!

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Jibbers,
    The blog has decided. You are clueless!!!

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #9

    Jesper,
    Will you just shut up you incessant pest.

    16
  • AncientC

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #10

    If anybody can bring Tsunki out of retirement, Jesper can. Watch this space.

    1
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #11

    Could we also blame Mike Ashley for the poor performance is general…it’s clearly down to the net profit we made in the transfer window! It just keeps the players for performing and Rafa for making rational decisions…

    1
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #12

    Ancient…I blame Mike Ashley for that comment!

    1
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #13

    Jail…I do blame Mike Ashley for you but thank you for finally standing up you f^*+ing moron!

    You truly are a sad realisation!

    1
  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #14

    The compromise would be that they do better at concluding the transfer deals Rafa wants rather than relying consistently relying on cheap alternatives.

    0
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #15

    I blame Mike Ashley for having to say this…

    1
  • AncientC

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #16

    A draw away to Cardiff isn’t the end of the world. As Ed alluded to a few days ago, this is Benitez’ best ever start to a season, and he has done alright prior to this season.

    That said, I do believe this season is going to be a relegation battle.

    5
  • kimbo

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #17

    Ashley is responsible for my season ticket going up by £100 and the rubbish cheap signings we can only make.

    11
  • Jib

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #18

    Jail for Ashley
    Will you just shut up you incessant pest.

    Pot / Kettle come to mind ?

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #19

    Can Ibiza not make a rare appearance to try and calm his man child down, this is getting a bit silly.

    3
  • Jib

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #20

    There were no training pics for 2 weeks
    I got me thinking.
    The last time that happened at the
    end of a window was Feb 2011 when we signed
    Shefki Kuqi as a free agent
    Were the photographers banned because
    we had free agents on trial ?

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #21

    Ancient,
    It was always going to be a relegation battle because the funds released made it so, like I said, there is 25M in the pot that would have bought two very capable full backs. It’s pretty obvious what is going to happen if we’re not sold. Next season’s manager is going to be given around 70M to spend and that should quell the natives disappointment from losing Rafa.

    6
  • c-dog

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #22

    The 6 million a year is probably too much for big mike to be shelling out. Instead of slipping 50 mil a year into his pocket from the club it could be 55 mil while paying another manager 1 mil

    0
  • Jib

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #23

    If there was truly a £25M surplus
    then that is from the Mitro sale
    which if it’s paid on the drip
    is not available

    1
  • beermonkey

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #24

    jib thinking lol
    that will be a wasted trip for the fire brigade when his mum smells burning

    0
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #25

    Ancient…I agree it’s the worse start to the season.

    The injuries and attitude problems is a concern though…but I don’t see us in a relegation fight at all!

    1
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #26

    *its not the worse

    1
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #27

    😀 makes a huge difference to the context of that message lol

    1
  • Aces-of-Eights

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #28

    Jib we have victor anichebe on trial

    0
  • Aces-of-Eights

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #29

    Lets forget this not enough spending argument for a minute and ask why doesnt rafa try something different like ever i.e. 4312 or 433. Most of the time its same formation same players even if they dont always perform fluidly. He tried 3 at back but vs chelsea only to match chelsea formation not to do anything proactive. Thats what annoys me about rafa. He doesnt change much in games its like for like subs and hope we win.

    2
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #30

    Jail for Ashley
    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:15 AM
    Comment #19
    Can Ibiza not make a rare appearance to try and calm his man child down, this is getting a bit silly.

    I was thinking Jail…could your wife not make an appearance in stead of you? Or is that the case already 😉

    1
  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #31

    as i say if you’re on the other side of an argument with creeps like wise and keys and out and out thickos like pennant you know you’re doing something right.

    4
  • Jib

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #32

    Aces-of-Eights
    Strange one to select
    Out of all the free agents you could have picked
    You went for one that played for Sunderland for
    a year

    HHHmmmmm

    3
  • Aces-of-Eights

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #33

    Jib i read on Twitter i think it was keith downie or graves whi tweeted we got anichebe on trial as cover for joselu. I was thinking if we are looking at free trials why not get ben arfa nasri and marchisio. Nasri is banned until october for doping so could train with us atleast

    0
  • the ledge

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #34

    and i blame ashley for idiots like jesper just throwing that one in there ???

    3
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #35

    See the ledge…just let it out and blame big Mike! There you go…

    1
  • the ledge

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #36

    jesper go face fkuc a herring

    2
  • JohnJ

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #37

    You know what it is………………….

    There’s an awful lot of sh1te posted on here at times…….

    If the cap fits…….

    0
  • the ledge

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #38

    bein sport has fat sham ,not so wise ,the fiddler gray,and the cheater beater keyes,we have jib ,jane and jesper ??

    8
  • Harley

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #39

    Jesper

    It’s ashleys fault that we have to rely on a bargain basement back up like manquilo.

    It’s ashleys fault that we’ve not been able to upgrade our midfield to put pressure on or replace Diame.

    It’s Ashley’s fault that we are relying on a front 4 yesterday assembled for under £20m.

    It’s Ashleys fault that we are starting premiership games with Josalu, one of the worst Newcastle strikers in our premiership history.

    But it’s not Ashley’s fault that kenedy missed a penalty yesterday. So that’s good is t it.

    12
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #40

    Yes the ledge…let it all out!

    I do also blame Big Fat Mike for the likes of you, Mag p: and Offkey! You add some much to this place when you come on here…

    1

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