According to The Northern Echo, Newcastle manager Rafa Benítez has attracted interest from Leicester to take over as manager in the summer.
It has long been speculated that the Spaniard could leave St James’ Park at the end of the season if he is not granted some new signings this month.
The Magpies are yet to make a signing in January, which is the root cause of the Champions League winning manager’s irritation in the northeast. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg, as the club also had a fairly uneventful summer. They did manage to bring some players in, but not as many as the fans would have liked, and perhaps not the quality to make Newcastle competitive this season in the Premier League. The fact that they are currently in 17th place in the league, only two points above the relegation zone, is indicative of this transfer approach from owner Mike Ashley.
This has been a terrible month so far for the fans, and the news that Benítez could be on his way out is surely the final nail in the coffin for them. Thus far, the fact that the club have such a high-profile manager has been the saving grace for the fans; lose him, and this suddenly becomes a calamitous month and season for The Magpies.
The Foxes are not having the greatest season so far, and the pressure is mounting on manager Claude Puel after a string of uninspiring performances. It is no surprise that they are interested in a manager like Benítez.