Sky Sports Spanish reporter Guillem Balague knows Rafa very well and his written a book about him when Rafa was at Liverpool FC.
He usually knows how to read Rafa regarding what he’s thinking, and he says Rafa has already turned down offers from China and Saudi Arabia, and both would have given him €10M net.
But Rafa is not motivated by money these days – he has enough of that – he’s ambitious and wants to win trophies again.
We hope he agrees to stay on and do that at Newcastle United but with Mike Ashley still being the owner – that may make it difficult for him.
Sky Sports journalist Guillem Balague
This is what Guillem Balague has said on his YouTube channel:
“I’ve heard that Rafa Benitez has been approached by clubs in China and Saudi Arabia, both of them willing to pay €10M net for two years.”
“This was about two months ago, and he said no, he had on the table a renewal of his contract for five years at Newcastle which he has not signed yet.”
“He should be, with Miguel Almiron arriving, a little bit happier, it’s taken a while for this to happen, he would like this to continue.”
“He’s doing miracles isn’t he? Well done to Rafa, who I have always known as a very special manager.”
He’s certainly a very special manager and made to measure for Newcastle United.
We live in hope he will sign a new deal before the end of the season to stay at Newcastle.