Published: Tue, July 02, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Rafael Benitez has broken his silence on Newcastle departure with classy statement

Rafael Benitez has broken his silence on Newcastle departure with classy statement

It was simply bad news for Newcastle fans, who adored Benitez and loved what he was doing at the club.

Newcastle are yet to appoint a replacement for Benitez, with managers including Steve Bruce, Claudio Ranieri, Sean Dyche and Garry Monk among those linked with the vacancy.

Despite little investment over the summer, Benitez then once again kept a pretty average Newcastle squad in the Premier League, finishing the season in 13 place.

"I'm sure those Newcastle fans will be boiling, their heads will be boiling, because he is a brilliant manager".

It tweeted: "Our new home kit is in stores from today". A "facepalm emoji was stuck at the end of it".

It's stated Conceição was informed a few days ago that he's on a shortlist the Premier League club have compiled, but he's not keen and his "body and soul" are completely committed to Porto for next season.

But Benitez, 59, indicated he wanted a longer-term deal, rather than just a contract extension.

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The Newcastle midfielder has been recovering from a knee ligament injury, which he sustained in March, but it is believed that this will not impact upon a potential switch.

Much of his message was predictable.

"Thank you for three fantastic, exciting and, at times, challenging years", a statement reads.

He recalled that emotional afternoon in May 2016 when the already relegated Magpies thrashed Tottenham 5-1.

Newcastle United said last month Benitez would leave when his contract expired on June 30. I wanted to stay, but I did not want to just sign an extended contract, I wanted to be part of a project.

However, Benitez' face-to-face meeting with Ashley in May revealed significant differences existed between the pair and with neither party willing to soften their stance in the six weeks since, his Toon reign ended at midnight on Sunday.

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