Rafa Benitez released the following statement through his Twitter page earlier this morning.
— Rafa Benitez Web (@rafabenitezweb) July 1, 2019
Rafa Benitez has remained classy even after his unceremonious departure from Newcastle United. He clearly wanted more than just the one-year extension on offer.
It is certain now that Mike Ashley was not willing to compromise at all. He would not give Rafa the control he sought over transfers or any assurances that the infrastructure would be improved.
Rafa was offered a one-year extension to his current deal and to Rafa, as well as all Newcastle United fans, that was an insult.
We don’t know if the takeover had anything to do with the contract offered to Rafa Benitez. It could be that Mike was only willing to offer the one year deal based on the pending takeover. Though we have doubts that he would concede any power while still in control at Newcastle.
This statement does appear to mean that he’s never coming back to Newcastle as it really is a farewell to the Newcastle fans.
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