Luke Edwards in the Telegraph is today reporting that it’s almost certain that Rafa Benitez will stay and sign a new contract to stay onboard as soon as Newcastle are safe in the Premier League.
The report is that behind the scenes Rafa has been kept up to date on the stance to some of his requirements from the hierarchy – code for owner Mike Ashley.
The brief talks that have been going on are said to have been particularly constructive, and it seems that Rafa is happy enough with what’s been offered to him so far in terms of commitments.
And in the last few weeks, we’ve noticed he does seem more positive and relaxed about his Newcastle future.
It looks like it’s thumbs up from Rafa Benitez on Newcastle stay
He seemed very positive at his press conference on Friday afternoon and hardly looked like a manager who would leave the club in a couple of months.
The report in the Telegraph is that things have changed a lot behind the scenes and to the advantage of Rafa and what he wants the club to do for him to stay.
Ashley has agreed to put some significant investment into the Youth Academy and U23 setup so Rafa can produce some players who come through the Academy and into the first team.
That was really a no-brainer for Ashley because it will save the club lots of money in the long term and it’s something a club like Newcastle should be doing.
And it seems that Ashley is willing to spend some money in the transfer window this summer to bring in at least one more top money signing – much like we did in late January with Miguel Almiron – who has added some class and speed to the side.
There have been several reports of late that have looked positive about Rafa’s future at the club.
We hope Newcastle can get a couple of wins on the trot and then the club could announce Rafa is staying – a five-year extension would be good.
A ten-year extension would be better.
But until he signs it’s still an “if” but things seem to be looking more positive.
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