Chelsea to make Rafa Benitez move…but only on one condition – NUFC reporter

The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder is adamant that Chelsea will open talks with Rafa Benitez should they fail to appoint Frank Lampard as their new manager.

With Maurizio Sarri having officially been named as the new Juventus boss and Chelsea manager-less, links with the Spaniard felt inevitable given his current deal at St James’ is due to expire in 12 days as things stand.

That said, Frank Lampard looks the clear favourite to get the job at Stamford Bridge, but with Derby claiming no approach has been made as of yet, Rafa Benitez’s name is still being thrown around.

Here’s what Lee Ryder’s had to say about the situation, with him believing that Rafa is still popular with the powers that be at Chelsea – stating they will ‘definitely’ talk to the 59-year-old should any move for Lampard fail:

“He’s still well liked by the powers that be at Chelsea – even if he isn’t popular with the supporters.

“If Lampard didn’t get the job then Benitez would be considered, that much is sure. They would definitely talk to him.”

Strong interest from the Chinese Super League has been reported this morning, but I think it’s far more likely that Benitez stays in England, keeping him close to his family and in one of Europe’s top leagues.

Chelsea may not be the most appealing option given his relationship with their fans, however he’d get money to spend (once their transfer ban ends!) and would inherit a hugely talented squad set to compete in the Champions League next season – three things he can’t really get at Newcastle if Mike Ashley refuses to compromise.

With there being just 12 days left until his contract expires, exit-talk is inevitable until we either A) offer him improved terms or B) see a takeover go through.

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About Olly Hawkins

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

2 thoughts on “Chelsea to make Rafa Benitez move…but only on one condition – NUFC reporter

  1. He would not have funds to spend at Chelsea next year, as FIFA have given Chelsea a transfer ban for the financial fair play rules. And there without Eden Hazard as well.


  2. With Chelsea’s track record, regardless of how well he did during the transfer embargo, chances are he’d be sacked before transfers were allowed again.
    After the way he was treated by their supporters – and what they’re already saying about him if he does go back – I’d be amazed if he even considered the offer.
    Their plastic fans are a disgrace.


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