Several north-east reporters claimed that the gaffer seemed more upbeat in his pre-match press conference on Friday, however these claims suggest he is now closer to putting pen to paper.
Here’s a snippet from Neil Moxley’s piece for the Mirror, suggesting Benitez is now set to receive interest from TWO French heavyweights:
‘French powerhouses Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille are poised to offer Rafa Benitez an escape from his Toon hell.
‘Discussions over a new deal for Benitez have stalled and and the former Real Madridboss has been sounded out via middlemen over a potential move to France.
‘Despite claims to the contrary, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and chief executive Lee Charnley are no closer to securing an agreement with Benitez than they were several weeks ago.’
Links to a European heavyweight like PSG may strike fear into some Newcastle fans, but it still seems crystal clear to me that Rafa’s future is VERY much in our hands.
Agree to his demands and I have no doubt that he’ll stay at St James’ Park – no matter what club comes along to tempt him away from Tyneside.