Ayoze Perez has talked today about wanting to keep Rafa Benitez at the club past this summer, when his contract runs out on June 30th.
It seems like intense negotiations have started in London today between Rafa, Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley about a new long term deal for Rafa and the talks could continue into tomorrow.
Rafa’s contract needs to be sorted out quickly because the manager wants to keep players like Salomon Rondon, Isaac Hayden, and Ayoze Perez at Newcastle and that’s difficult for him when he currently doesn’t know if he’ll be staying.
But it’s always been difficult for the Newcastle hierarchy to move with any speed at all – they are much more comfortable moving at a snail’s pace, but then nothing gets done.
Perez also has said the owner Mike Ashley was buzzing in the dressing room last Sunday.
Ashley was delighted with the way the season ended with such a resounding 4-0 win at Craven Cottage against Fulham – a team that had won three of their previous four matches.
Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley – negotiating today with Mr. Benitez
This is what Ayoze Perez said in the Chronicle today when asked about keeping Rafa Benitez on Tyneside:
“That’s the idea.” “We all want him to stay as it’s something good for the club.”
“We became a better club from the day he arrived.” “We have to make sure we keep him because the team and the club can keep growing up.”
“That’s what we have done throughout the last few seasons.”
“I said hello and he (Mike Ashley) was happy and buzzing about the result and the way we ended the season.”
“He said thank you to everybody for the effort this season.” “It’s something good from him.”
“I am very happy because we (Ayoze and Rondon) made 25 goals between us and that is a great amount.”
“We just want to help the team score goals.” “It’s always nice to see him score too.” “He has been unbelievable for us.”
“I am happy for him.”
We are hoping to hear some news on how the negotiations are going fairly soon.
But maybe it would be better if nothing happens and then the club announces on their website sometime tomorrow, that Rafa is staying for five years.
That would signal a time for a huge celebration for our fans, and it would also be a massive relief!