According to the Telegraph, Newcastle will make one last attempt to convince Rafa Benitez to sign a new contract after fears emerge that he’s now all set to walk away.
The piece states that Rafa has been offered around £60m to spend this summer PLUS money from player sales, but that the current one-year deal offered to his way is said to includes several terms he’s ‘unhappy’ with.
Luke Edwards claims that Newcastle are yet to even consider a potential replacement, although he admits that this stance will change over the next ’48 hours’ if they fail to convince Rafa to change his mind during one final round of talks.
Here’s the Telegraph‘s latest piece, with Edwards reporting that club chiefs will make one final bid to keep him over the coming week:
‘Newcastle United will make one final attempt to convince Rafael Benitez to sign a new contract this week as it appears increasingly likely he will quit the club.
‘Benitez’s contract will expire on June 30 and he is expected to announce he is leaving St James’ Park after three-and-a-half years as he is unhappy with the personal terms offered and the size of the transfer budget available to him.
‘Benitez has been told he will have around £60 million in this summer’s window and can also raise money from player sales. But, although exceptions could be made, he was also warned that the club could not sanction long-term deals for players over the age of 28, particularly as he was only considering a one-year extension himself.
‘Newcastle believe there is still a chance he will stay and plan to hold further talks this week in an attempt to get him to change his mind. That, though, looks unlikely given the lack of progress so far this summer.
‘The club’s hierarchy have repeatedly stressed to the Spaniard that they want him to stay and have offered a variety of contracts to him over the last 18 months, but the 59-year-old has refused to sign any of them.
‘Telegraph Sport understands there has been no thought given as to who will replace Benitez if he does leave, even though he has received several lucrative offers from China. That will change in the next 48 hours if there is no sign of an agreement being reached.
‘That has hardened Benitez’s desire to depart as soon as his contract has finished, but he has still not told anyone at Newcastle that he wants to quit, which leaves the door open to a further round of negotiations this week.
‘Newcastle have been stuck in limbo while they have waited for their manager to make a decision and have no new signings lined up. Benitez’s departure would leave them in a desperate scramble to find a replacement, even though there will be plenty of interests from managers in and out of work.‘
If the club stand their ground and simply try to persuade Rafa to agree to the initial contract offered without improving the terms, it may be a short meeting and toke gesture of an ‘attempt’ to keep him.
I would love to believe that the club will finally agree to compromise at the 11th hour and given in to his demands in fear of losing such a world class manager who’s done wonders for this club, but I fear there’ll be little leeway offered.
Prove me wrong, Mike!