Chelsea to hold talks with Spaniard? after summer exit officially announced
Chelsea have been placed on full alert after Newcastle confirmed Rafael Benitez will leave the club when his contract expires on June 30.
The Spaniard first took over from Steve McClaren in March 2016, with the club 19th in the Premier League, and has three successful seasons with the club.
The 59-year-old had been in talks over a new deal but will now leave the club after failing to reach an agreement, with some reports suggesting he turned down a massive £6 million deal.
Benitez has been linked with a move back to Chelsea over the past few weeks, as a possible alternative for Frank Lampard, who is heavily tipped to lead the club next season.
And if that deal does not happen then they have the option to sign Benitez, after Newcastle confirmed Benitez’s departure in a statement on Monday.
They said on the NUFC website: “It is with disappointment that we announce manager Rafael Benitez will leave Newcastle United upon the expiry of his contract on 30th June 2019.
“We have worked hard to extend Rafa’s contract over a significant period of time, however it has not been – and will not be – possible to reach an agreement with Rafa and his representatives.
“Rafa’s coaching staff, Paco de Miguel Moreno, Antonio Gomez Perez and Mikel Antia, will also leave the club on 30th June.
“We would like to thank Rafa and his coaching team for their efforts over the last three years and their significant contribution to what has been collectively achieved.
“We would also like to thank our supporters, players and staff for their patience during a period of uncertainty. The process to appoint a successor will now begin.”
Lampard back to Chelsea is seemingly on the verge of being announced and it is easy to see just why Chelsea are keen to wrap up a deal.
But with all the uncertainty surrounding the club and their inability to sign players this transfer window, hiring Benitez could be a smart move, as he is one of the most highly-rated mangers in the game.
He has done a wonderful job at Newcastle with limited funds, so a move to Chelsea would not phase him one bit.
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