Rafa Benitez has given his clearest indication to date that he sees his long term future at Newcastle United, admitting that he STILL plans to stay at the club even if Amanda Staveley’s takeover does not work out.
As we all know, the Spaniard was left frustrated following an underwhelming few months in the transfer window, with speculation arising surrounding his future once again ahead of the January window – with some reporting that he’d be close to tipping point if Ashley failed to back him once again.
This does not seem to be the case however, with Rafa admitting that he expects to be at the club in the long term – whether it be Ashley or new owners who are in place.
Here’s what Benitez said when asked if he would still be here as Newcastle United manager in a year’s time if a takeover did not materialise:
“I think so.
“I’m quite happy with this group of players.
“They’re improving, they’re learning.
“So, I think so. I don’t see any difficult things now. It’s a challenge.
“I was disappointed after the summer? Yes. But still, this is a chance for me.”
Whilst we are desperate to see a takeover go through, this has to be seen as the biggest and best news we could wish to hear.
New owners may give us a chance to push on, but Rafa Benitez is by far the biggest asset we have at our club, and losing him anytime soon would feel like we’ve lost everything.
A really promising update from Rafa. Let’s just hope new buyers do now arrive to give him, our fans and our football club the backing we all so thoroughly deserve.
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