Former midfielder rejected the chance to rejoin Newcastle United this summer

Dietmar Hamann has gone on to reveal that he rejected a chance to make a return to Newcastle United as assistant manager to Rafael Benitez.

Newcastle United have gone through a major recruitment drive this summer and Rafael Benitez has already spent no less than £25 million on various players over the past few days.

Benitez is far from done with his business in the transfer market as of yet and the Spaniard is believed to be still planning to bring in quite a few new faces to St. James’ Park before the start of the Championship campaign.

However, one man who Benitez has been unsuccessful in luring to Newcastle is former midfielder Dietmar Hamann.

According to Hamann, Benitez wanted him to join the revolution at Newcastle over the summer but the ex-German international decided to pass up on the opportunity.

Speaking to the Times, Hamann said, “Rafa [Benitez] asked me to be his assistant at Newcastle which I turned down with a heavy heart.”

Hamann was a Newcastle player for a solitary season in the 1998 but despite his short stay at St. James’ Park, he remains a popular figure at Tyneside.