Rafa has spoken about Matt Ritchie in his press conference this afternoon and seemed to be annoyed that a story had been put out that said Newcastle would not be offering him a new improved contract.
The story was that if Ritchie wanted to leave the club and look for a bumper contract elsewhere, he could do that.
Well – that story was utterly false, and Rafa made certain everybody knew that – with Matt currently being the heart and soul of this Newcastle side.
Rafa said that with his own future at Newcastle still uncertain how could he speak to Ritchie about his own future at the club?
Rafa Benitez with Matt Ritchie after Burnley win
This is some of what Rafa has said in his press conference;
“I am not happy when I see stories about Ritchie as it’s not true.”
“It was not accurate or right. It can’t be. If I don’t know if I have a contract how can I tell him?”
“It’s just not true. It’s not accurate.”
It seemed a strange story at best, but we thought it was Mike Ashley not wanting to give new deals to players close to 30.
Anyway – that’s one story we can dismiss.
But it’s worrying that things seem at an impasse with Rafa’s contract.
This could be a dangerous time for the club.
Let’s hope Mike Ashley doesn’t mess this one up.