Newcastle United are desperate to tie Rafa Benitez down to a new long-term deal, however, it appears the current manager is in no rush to extend his stay.
The Spaniard currently has eight months left to run on his present contract at St. James’ Park, however, he has revealed that things will not be resolved until the January transfer window passes, according to the Newcastle Chronicle.
Benitez has confirmed that talks will resume at some point after he was thought to have been in discussions once last season’s campaign had finished, but it is understood he does not see things as an issue.
There has been growing concerns that the former Liverpool and Chelsea boss will walk away from the club once his current contract expires, as he continues to receive a lack of financial support when looking to add players to his squad.
Keeping Benitez at St. James’ Park has been, and always will be, one of their main priorities and everything should be done to ensure he does.
The Spaniard is a key figure for the Toon Army and could be the man to restore some of the proud times the north-east outfit used to enjoy years ago.
There are positives to take out of the fact that Benitez has claimed talks will resume, however, with Mike Ashley still in charge and a January transfer window to go through, there is a chance that the manager could look at his options in the summer.
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