Chelsea ‘in talks’ to sign Spaniard Benitez from Premier League rivals Newcastle
There has been some reports which have claimed Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is in talks to sign for Chelsea, as a replacement for Maurizio Sarri.
Sarri has been impressive during his first season in the Premier League and done what he was asked by Roman Abramovic to do, and get the club back inside the top four and BACK inside the Champions League for next season.
But the Italian boss done more than that and reached the Carabao Cup final, while also winning his first big trophy in the game and helping Chelsea become Champions of Europe again when his side destroyed Arsenal in the Europa League final.
However, all indications suggest that he will be leaving the club in the coming days and heading back to Italian football, with reports in the media suggesting that Juventus are keen to acquire his services after letting long-term coach Max Allegri depart the club.
Tuttosport report that Chelsea are happy to let Sarri leave but Roman Abramovich wants the Italian’s successor to already be in place when his departure is announced.
And Tuttosport claims that a meeting between Chelsea’s hierarchy and Benitez has happened to discuss a return to Stamford Bridge as the man to replace Sarri for the foreseeable future.
Benitez is currently in charge of Newcastle, who love the Spaniard for the work he has done over the past few seasons despite the lack of transfer funds handed to him by current owner Mike Ashley.
Losing Sarri and Eden Hazard in the same transfer window will be a massive blow for Chelsea, especially as the two are much loved by sections of the Blues fans. But going back for Benitez would be a mistake, as he is not loved by the fans.
Chelsea need a coach that is willing to come in and change the way the club has been run over the past few seasons especially with the policy of not handing the younger players a chance in the first side as trophies is all that matters.
It will be interesting to see just who Chelsea acquire in the coming weeks, but it surely wont be Benitez?