According to the Chronicle, Salomon Rondon has ‘stressed’ his desire to sign for Newcastle if Rafa Benitez remains in charge – despite interest from Wolves, West Ham and Everton.
The piece confirms that interest from Wolves, West Ham and Everton is now mounting – with the latter said to have now contracted his representatives – however it seems he’d opt to stay at St James’ Park IF Rafa signs a new deal.
Here’s a snippet from the Chronicle’s piece, which suggests the Venezuelan is ready to ignore interest from elsewhere to stay on Tyneside if Rafa remained and the powers that be activated his £16.5 release clause at West Brom:
Privately, Rondon has stressed his desire to continue playing for Newcastle, as long as Benitez remains in charge. And, if Benitez does sign a new deal, then it appears highly likely that United will explore the possibility of bringing Rondon to Tyneside permanently.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have held an interest in the Venezuelan since January, while Everton have also contacted the forward’s representatives.
In the past few days, West Ham United have also turned their attentions towards Rondon , too, with the east London club having baulked at Celta Vigo’s £40million asking price for Maxi Gomez.
While Wolves will try to tempt Rondon to Molineux by citing their presence in next season’s Europa League , West Ham hope the 29-year-old will be enticed by the prospect of moving to London.
Should Benitez remain as Newcastle manager, however, then it appears highly likely that United will explore the possibility of bringing Rondon to Tyneside permanently – and the player would prefer to remain at St James’ Park, working under the Spaniard.
So, interesting in the striker is clearly hotting up, but it also seems pretty clear that he’d sign permanently at Newcastle if Rafa stayed.
After all, I’m presuming at this stage that Rafa will only stay if Ashley and co agree to activate his £16.5m release clause, with the Spaniard likely to feel totally dejected regarding any new deal if they still refuse to sign him after the season he’s just had.
This alleged stance of Rondon’s is promising to hear, but only emphasises the importance of Rafa Benitez signing a new deal – something which would indicate he’s been given the green light to pursue Rondon on a permanent deal.