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Rafa Benitez Remains Mum On Contract Talks And Takeover

Rafa Benitez is in Spain at the moment awaiting the Champions League final on Saturday at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid – Rafa’s home town.

Atletico Madrid have played at the stadium since 2017.

The Newcastle manager has been giving interviews on the final which includes – for the second year running – a club he won the Champions League with back in 2005 – Liverpool FC.

That was Rafa’s first season at Liverpool, and he stayed for six years and has his family home in the Wirral just outside of Liverpool.

Tottenham will play Liverpool in the final on Saturday.

However, there was a little drama reported by journalist Paul Gilmour during an interview with Sky Sports.

Rafa was asked about his situation at Newcastle at the moment with his contract running out in a month, and reports that the Bin Zayed Group is trying to acquire the club.

Rafa did not want to talk about it.

That’s an expected response from Rafa – what did they expect him to say – that he didn’t have a clue what was going on?

That may even be true, but Rafa is far too professional and experienced to talk about things that could be unfolding very quickly.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 30, 2019 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Rafa will have to keep mum about what’s happening

  • lochinvar

    May 30, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Discretion is the better part of value
    or as Charlie said stay Mum or stay stumm

  • Shadow_Shearer

    May 30, 2019 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #3

    Once again the news today is, maybe it will happen maybe it won’t happen. Same story as yesterday.

  • hibbit

    May 30, 2019 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #4

    hopefully some positive news tomorrow, I for one could do with it.

  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 30, 2019 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #5


    I think he was wondering why he was landing after someone else had bombed it.

  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 30, 2019 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #6


  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 30, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #7

    There is a lot of negative stories coming from the Chronicle, they gonna miss Ashley?

  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 30, 2019 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Tomorrow it’ll be 5 reasons to get excited over the takeover.

    Saturday will be 5 reasons not to get excited by the takeover

    Then when the deal is completed 5 reasons they knew the deal would end up that way

  • lesh

    May 30, 2019 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #9


    You noticed the people watching the Vulcan land – it’s probably been the first time they’d seen one of them aeroplane things since they were scanning the sky in 1940!

    That reminds me of a reported comment from Hermann Göring in 1940 –
    ‘We will not waste bombs on Gateshead but drop bars of soap’.

    Hence Gateshead’s alt name – Soap City.

  • cheick n bake

    May 30, 2019 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #10

    I asked a couple of my Emirati friends about Khaled bin Zayed but no one seems to know him

  • cheick n bake

    May 30, 2019 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #11

    I still believe the Emirati journalists more than the English journalist

  • Munster Mag

    May 30, 2019 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m not expecting news tomorrow, seems a bit soon but not concerned.

  • Gnome

    May 31, 2019 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #13

    I wonder what Rafa’s thinking ? In the loop and quietly turning cartwheels inside because he knows salvation is tantalizingly close ? Or excluded, angry and anxious because Ashley’s kept him in the dark and he hasn’t a clue whether he’ll be shopping with 20p or £100 million this transfer window ?


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