North-East reporter provides much needed update on Rafa Benitez following West Ham rumours

The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards has confirmed that  Rafa Benitez is still keen to come to an agreement with Newcastle United and would prefer to stay on Tyneside – however a move to West Ham is a move he’ll refuse to rule out if his demands aren’t met by Mike Ashley.

The North-East reporter also states that Newcastle, as of yet, ‘have not had any contact with West Ham asking for permission to speak’, however a £6m release clause does exist that would allow him to discuss a move elsewhere.

He’s clearly keen to stay and it’s said that both sides are still working on reaching an agreement, but it sounds like he’s becoming increasingly frustrated too – suggesting a breakthrough may need to be made soon.

One worry from this piece is the line that discusses how he’s become ‘increasingly exasperated’ by goings on at NUFC, suggesting he will only be pushed closer and closer to giving up on the club if  ‘things do not become clearer in terms of his budget in the next few days’.

Reading the article itself above is advisable, but here’s a snippet from Luke Edwards’ piece in the Telegraph:

“Benitez remains keen to reach an agreement with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley about the size of his summer transfer budget.

“As things stand, Newcastle have not had any contact with West Ham asking for permission to speak to Benitez, who has a year left on his contract. Any club who wants to employ Benitez, will have to pay £6m in compensation to the Magpies.

“However, the former Liverpool and Chelsea manager is growing increasingly exasperated. If things do not become clearer in terms of his budget in the next few days, Benitez will be pushed closer to the exit door.”

So, it’s positive to hear that Rafa’s priority is still to reach an agreement with Newcastle and remain on Tyneside, but it’s equally infuriating to read that they’re yet to give him what he wants.

I’m hopeful he’ll stay as you’d think Ashley and co. would budge if it looks more and more like he’ll consider West Ham’s approach, but when Ashley is involved you just never know.

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About Olly Hawkins

Born in Gateshead, Olly was a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

5 thoughts on “North-East reporter provides much needed update on Rafa Benitez following West Ham rumours

  1. if rafa leaves newcastle will end up like sunderland that karen brady of west ham will try to charm him the toon does not want to pay a penny to ashley hit him in his pocket lads without him we are lost it does not take long to end up with sunderland 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

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  2. Ashley will cash in on him 6 million! he will use that to pay the wages of another manager for 4 years and there will be plenty of takers!!

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  3. Ashley is once again making a mug of Newcastle fans & Benitez… He would be quite happy to let Rafa leave, because he’s achieved his immediate requirements of promotion back to the Prem & then to keep us in the league… It’s time to face facts & get back to what we’re used to, a whole load of disappointment!

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