Benitez back at training ground

Rafa Benitez has been spotted at Newcastle United’s training ground, sending Magpies fans into furied speculation about the Spaniards contract situation and a possible takeover.

Monday, 10th June 2019, 3:30 pm
Updated Monday, 10th June 2019, 7:30 pm

Benitez yesterday returned to the club’s Benton HQ for the first time since the end of the season, when his team secured a 13th-placed finish in the Premier League with a convincing 4-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.

The 59-year-old has been considering an offer from owner Mike Ashley to stay on at St James’s Park next season with a possible takeover on the horizon.

With the popular manager’s contract set to expire on June 30, fans have speculated on whether Benitez’s training ground appearance is significant.

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Especially given the club have refused to comment on the former Liverpool boss’ visit.

Here’s how Newcastle United fans reacted to the news:

“Hope he’s calling future signings and staying” – @xskye69x

“Interesting. Wonder why he's there? Unless he's either clearing stuff or signing a deal?” – @magpie_southern

“If Rafa is at the training ground then I expect to hear something today, whether it’s about his contract or a transfer or takeover update i reckon something will happen today.” – @Robbieo68646502

“He's still employed by the club he will be returning to get things ready for preseason nothing more. #NUFC” – @Solanosfreekick

“Club offering a no comment doesn't help” – @Z1993Sam