Ayoze Perez ‘reluctant’ to sign new Newcastle contract after Benitez exit – Independent

Rafa Benitez set for Newcastle exit

Since taking over at Newcastle United, Rafael Benitez has done an outstanding job.

The ex-Liverpool boss would earn promotion to the Premier League with the North East club in the 2016/17 season.

The Magpies then overachieved massively in their first season back in the English top-flight, finishing in 10th place.

This past season was not quite as impressive, but Benitez still managed to guide Newcastle to a 13th place finish.

However, it was announced on the 24th of June that Benitez will leave Newcastle on June 30th 2019, when his contract expires.

Benitez is rumoured to have a £12m-per-year job offer on the table from China.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 24: Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle United at Amex Stadium on September 24, 2017 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Perez to follow in Benitez’s footsteps

With one of their best ever managers set to depart, Newcastle could also be set to lose one of their better players.

According to the Independent, Ayoze Perez is reluctant to sign a new deal with Newcastle, following the departure of Benitez.

Perez featured 41 times for Newcastle this past season, scoring 13 and assisting 4.

As per the report from the Independent, the Magpies were hopeful of signing Perez to a new deal, but the striker may now favour a move to Valencia.

Related: Jose Mourinho now the clear favourite to replace Rafa Benitez at Newcastle

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