Rafa Benitez: ‘After three years of unfulfilled promises at Newcastle United, I didn’t trust them’

Rafa Benitez vs Newcastle’s Lee Charnley

Newcastle opened their new Premier League campaign by losing 1-0 to Arsenal on Sunday.

Prior to the Gunners game, Newcastle United’s managing director Lee Charnley told supporters that Rafael Benitez left the club “for money”.

Charnley made those comments in an article in the Arsenal matchday programme.

In an attempt to explain to the fans why Benitez left St. James’ Park this summer, Charnley wrote:

We understand and expected the disappointment that Rafa’s departure caused. We strongly believe we went beyond what could reasonably be asked in order to keep him. But let’s be clear, he moved to China for money.

The offer he received was too tempting. We understand that and there is nothing wrong with that. It was not something we could compete against. We wish him well for the future and thank him for all he achieved.

On Tuesday, in his first article for The Athletic, Rafa Benitez has hit back at the Magpies.

Benitez: ‘I didn’t trust them’

Immediately after news broke that Benitez would be leaving Newcastle, the Spanish boss posted the following explanation on social media.

Benitez originally cited a lack of “vision” as the reason for his Newcastle exit.


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To Newcastle United fans #NUFC #Newcastle #Toons #ThankYou

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However, as revealed in today’s article, it appears that Benitez fudged the truth about his exit.

In a damning indictment against the Newcastle management, Benitez has now confirmed that he didn’t trust them:

Newcastle’s board had a year to sort out my contract but, when we met after the end of last season, they didn’t make me an offer I could accept.

They told me they didn’t want to invest in the academy or the training ground — if they like, I can explain the reason why Mike Ashley refused to do that.

Their idea of a project was a policy of signing players under 24 and, in my opinion, the budget available was not enough to compete for the top 10. 

After three years of unfulfilled promises, I didn’t trust them.

Benitez on claims he moved to China for money

Benitez also addressed Charnley’s claims that his Newcastle exit was motivated by money.

The former Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss revealed that if money was really an issue, he’d have left the Magpies a lot quicker:

I tried to do my best every day, even staying when we went down to the Championship and saying no to other offers — bigger offers than the one I recently accepted with Dalian Yifang, by the way.

If I was only interested in moving “for money”, as Charnley stated, I could have done it much earlier.

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