Rafa Benitez was asked about the report in L’Equipe yesterday which said he had signed on with an agency that will look for a manager’s job for him in France.
But Rafa poured cold water on that one by saying the only club he is talking to at the moment is Newcastle and he’s waiting for an answer from them.
So that sounds to us like he’s awaiting an answer from Mike Ashley to the demands he has laid out.
Rafa Benitez – waiting for answers from Mike Ashley
Here’s what Rafa has said in his press conference today:
“I read the story (on links to France). On March 6 I was here training, having lunch, then I left at 7:00pm or 8:00pm.”
“The only club I am talking to about my future is Newcastle and I am waiting for an answer. When? I don’t know”
“(Agents’ fees) – it’s quite complicated. Before FIFA were trying to reduce the percentage of the deals.”
“Some agents ask for up to 20%. How to stop it? I’m not sure, but I think there should be some rules.”
“Otherwise commission is like a transfer fee”
One thing that may be worrying about Rafa’s comments there us that he is still waiting for an answer form Mike Ashley on some of his demands.
That could mean that Mike Ashley may not come back with the right answers.
But we’ll know soon enough, and the only thing that matters now is that we win the game tomorrow afternoon at St. James’ Park against Crystal Palace.
Then we’ll all be upbeat!