Federico Fernandez has deleted a tweet criticising the club for their handling of Rafa Benitez, which saw him state that the Spaniard “deserved” better after being loved by everyone in Newcastle.
In addition, a new piece by the Sun’s David Coverdale has also claimed that the Argentinian is now “open to offers” after being left frustrated by the 59-year-old’s exit.
Here’s what the former Swansea centre-back tweeted on Monday following the club’s devastating announcement – a post he’s now deleted from Twitter:
“I think you and the staff deserved a different way to end your time as a Newcastle manager. All the people around Newcastle loved you.
“All the best for the future.”
A telling reaction from a player who was clearly close to Rafa, with him having played under the 59-year-old both at Napoli and Newcastle.
Talk of him now being ‘open to offers’ is perhaps no surprise either.
He’s a player that Benitez had to convince Mike Ashley to sign and, even though he was one of our star players over the first half of the season, the current regime are no doubt happy to let a 30-year-old’s like him leave now Rafa has departed.
He has one-year left on his current deal following his £4m move from Swansea last summer.