Rafa Benitez Is Set To Leave Newcastle United With No Talks Planned
Rafa Benitez's contract at Newcastle United ends next Sunday and there are currently no plans for any more talks between the two parties, with the manger set to leave.
After three years in charge at St James' Park it looks like Rafa Benitez will no longer be the manager with his contract expiring at the end of the month.
There had been talks that the Spaniard would be willing to extend his deal with the Magpies but Mike Ashley hasn't confirmed plans for spending money this summer amidst the latest rumours of a possible takeover.
The Daily Mail are reported that, with just a week left of his current contract, talks have completely stopped and barring a complete turn around they won't pick up before next Sunday, when the deal expires.
Benitez does have a £12 million-a-year deal on the table from Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang but the report says he is expected to stay with his family in England and wait for an opportunity.
The former Real Madrid manager has also been linked with a return to Chelsea, where he won the Europa League in 2013 as interim manager, but that vacancy is increasingly expected to go to former Blues midfielder Frank Lampard.
There are no other vacancies in the top flight currently but there are few clubs in the Premier League who wouldn't be improved by the two time La Liga winner.
It was thought that Mike Ashley was on the verge of finally selling Newcastle, after several failed attempts, to a Dubai-Based Billionaire For £350 million.
The news triggered plenty of stories about the likes of Kylian Mbappe suddenly becoming a transfer target for the Premier League side.
However those talks have died down in the past three weeks and with Ashley reluctant to spend any more money on transfers whilst he attempts to sell the club it made the chances of Benitez staying in the north east very small.
The club have been relegated from the Premier League twice since Ashley took over, with Benitez in charge the second time but only right at the end of the season, but the former Valencia boss has established them back in the top tier.
Whoever takes over from him will have survival as their main aim but unless there's new owners that will be with a very limited budget.