Report: Newcastle to pull off the unexpected, keep Rafa Benitez on board

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Despite expectations that he will eventually leave for a top-flight job, there has been plenty of noise surrounding Rafa Benitez‘s tenure at Newcastle United.

That noise is slowly getting louder and louder.

According to the Telegraph’s Luke Edwards, Benitez is set to stay with the club in the Championship next season, with the news to become official next week.

An extension would mean the Spaniard will have fallen from managing Real Madrid to coaching in a lower division in under five months.

The Telegraph report states that Benitez wants to secure funds for active player recruitment, but in order to avoid Financial Fair Play punishments that larger clubs like QPR and Fulham have failed to avoid following relegation, they will need to raise much of that money off player sales. The report states that Moussa Sissoko and Daryl Janmaat are the two likeliest to leave St. James Park as balancing acts for new purchases.

Talks between Benitez and the club’s representatives – namely owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley have been quite public for the past week or two. Benitez told the BBC less than a week ago that, “My heart is telling me yes (to stay), it is a great opportunity, city and club but my brain is saying to analyze what is going on.”

The next day, the Daily Mail published a report that Newcastle was confident they had done enough to lure Benitez into an extension, although that wording falls short of a confirmation of his services. Now, it appears that precipice has been reached.