Rafa Benitez turned down a big money offer this summer, which if he had accepted, would have sent Newcastle United into total disarray.
The Chronicle claim that one of the Chinese Super League clubs offered Rafa a massive financial package but he knocked it back.
Along with big name (most past it) players, China is attracting more and more big name (mostly past it) managers, with the likes of former Brazil and Chelsea boss, Luiz Felipe Scolari, and Ex-England’s Sven, both over there now.
It would have been a massive surprise to see Rafa Benitez accept such a move, basically writing off the rest of his managerial career in any kind of meaningful sense, whilst also at the same time taking him a long long way from his UK-based family.
Not taking him for granted of course and where money is concerned it can turn many people’s heads, no matter how much they have got, but considering Rafa made an estimated 13.7m euros (Approx £10.55m based on exchange rates in early June 2016 – see info below) in the past 12 months – he isn’t short of a few bob/euros.
In early June we covered research from specialist football finance website CalcioFinanza in Italy, who analysed what the past season had meant for Rafa Benitez’ personal finances.
CalcioFinanza reported that Rafa Benitez had earned:
6.5m euros – Wages at Real Madrid for 6 months until he was sacked in January 2016.
2.5m euros – Wages at Newcastle as he attempted to prevent relegation to the Championship.
4.0m euros – Severance package agreed with Real Madrid after getting the bullet.
0.7m euros – Bonus received due to Real Madrid winning the Champions League on Saturday.
That adding up to a tidy 13.7m euros (£10.55m as in early June).
Thankfully for Newcastle fans, money is clearly not Rafa Benitez’ driving force, with the United boss desperate to get his career/profile heading once more in the right direction, he is solely focused on making Newcastle United a successful club once again.
Once again, you can’t get away from just how much Newcastle supporters are relying on one man to reverse the direction this club has been heading in for years under Mike Ashley.