Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez has revealed that he wants to stay at the club, despite the Celtic speculation.
The Spanish veteran coach has been consistently linked with a move to Parkhead in recent days. Despite that, however, it’s been well documented that he was holding talks with the St James’ Park outfit.
Those meetings have been reported to have been today with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley. There hasn’t been any reports of a contract extension being signed, or even anything that could sway to him departing either.
But Celtic received a blow when Benitez spoke to Sky Sports News. He revealed that he wants to stay at Newcastle and build the club.
“I would like to stay. I can see the potential of this massive club and hopefully we can do things in the way that would be good for everyone to move forward.”
An interesting occurrence could provide hope
One of the interesting aspects here, of course, is the fact that Sky Sports News have revealed that Mike Ashley isn’t even part of the talks. Instead, he’s given that role to Managing Director Lee Charnley.
Benitez’s reaction to this hasn’t been made clear. But considering he’s looking to pitch a vision to the Newcastle chiefs, it shows a lack of respect or care in Ashley not turning up.
Celtic haven’t even confirmed that they’re in for Benitez either. But if the board have sense about them, they’ll be sniffing about waiting for these talks to break down. Only then can Celtic truly pounce and try to lure the former Real Madrid manager to Parkhead.
But at the same time, Benitez’s confirmation that he wants to stay at Newcastle don’t bode well. It all points in the direction of him staying on Tyneside.
The conclusion of the talks has yet to transpire. For all anyone knows, this could be much longer than a one-day meeting too.
For now, however, we just have to remain patient and hope Benitez becomes disillusioned with the talks.