Newcastle United & Rafa Benitez
Saturday starts badly for Newcastle United in the Times.
Once again fears are heightened that Newcastle United could lose manager Rafa Benitez this summer.
As the off-season approaches, a slew of stories linking Benitez with a St James’ Park exit seem to be popping up.
Benitez has worked his magic by keeping Newcastle in the Premier League. But for quite a while Benitez has been touted to leave St James’ Park as the Magpies continue to be under Mike Ashley’s ownership.
Benitez & ‘broken promises’
A few days ago the Mirror reported on how verbal agreements made to the Newcastle manager last summer never came to fruition.
It’s because of those broken promises that Benitez is stalling on agreeing a new deal with the club.
It was claimed that Benitez was supposed to have £70 million to spend over three transfer windows. But that money have never materialised.
Could Benitez move to Leicester City?
Newcastle fans would be furious if Benitez left the Magpies to join Leicester City.
Yet that idea is floated in the Times on Saturday. Toon supporters are told:
Benitez has a £6 million release clause in his contract and has been linked with Napoli and Leicester City. Does he want to stay? “That is a tricky question,” Benítez said.
For the record, Leicester are being tipped to part ways with manager Claude Puel in the summer.
Islam Slimani is banned
In more bad news for Newcastle, the loan signing of Islam Slimani is over.
Was Slimani’s move from Leicester to the Toon the worse deal of the season?
The Algerian has received a three match ban for kicking out at West Brom’s Craig Dawson.
Slimani barely featured for Newcastle after he joining the club injured from Leicester.
It seems crystal clear that Newcastle will make no attempt to sign Slimani from the Foxes this summer.