The reported results of Rafa’s first meeting yesterday in London with Mike Ashley et al. on his contract do not seem too positive.
The contention points are unchanged from the last couple of years and are centered mainly on how much money Rafa will get in the transfer windows.
The second major point is that Rafa wants Mike Ashley to significantly relax his policy on only buying players under 26.
While Rafa seems to agree that it’s a good thing to bring in younger players to build a top team, he is stressing to the owner that you also need the older more experienced players in the team.
Two such players are two 29 year-olds – Salomon Rondon and Matt Ritchie – who Rafa wants to keep at the club for at least the next three years to strengthen his Newcastle squad.
It appears Mike Ashley doesn’t – purely for financial reasons.,
Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez – smiling back in May 2016
When Ashley’s Managing Director, Lee Charnley, gave the financial results of the 2017-2018 season a few weeks ago, he made a special effort to emphasize the finances would remain under tight control.
This is some of what Lee said on the transfer budget:
“Our budget to strengthen the team has been circa £122M over the last two seasons, which was an initial agreed budget of £70M plus an additional £52M generated as a result of sales and outgoing loans.”
“We have spent just over 90% of that, and the balance of £11M will be carried forward to supplement what we have for forthcoming transfer windows.”
Ashley seems to be offering £100M over the next year for Rafa to spend – plus anything he can bring in from outgoing transfers.
When you look at what other clubs are spending in the Premier League – it’s just not going to be enough for the current manager.
So let’s keep hoping something can still be worked out between these two strong-willed men.
For the sake of Newcastle United and our millions of loyal fans around the world.
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