Nobby Solano returned to Tyneside this week and called in to see Rafa Benitez.

The former Newcastle midfielder was also keen to once again see so many of the staff he remembers from the time at the club.

Declaring ‘Rafa Benitez is a great man’, Nobby Solano hopes he has picked up some tips from the experienced manager.

As assistant coach for Peru, Solano is helping to prepare his country’s national side for the World Cup finals in Russia this summer.

Certainly one of Kenny Dalglish’s best moments/signings as a manager at Newcastle, he brought the international midfielder in for £2.5m in August 1998.

It proved to be Dalglish’s final signing before an early season departure.

It was the time under Sir Bobby Robson when he is best remembered, with Laurent Robert on the other wing and the likes of Shearer, Speed, Woodgate, Bellamy and Given in the team.

Nobby Solano declares ‘I have always been missing Newcastle‘ and he is the level of class player that Newcastle fans would like to see one day back at NUFC under Sir Bobby Robson.

Nobby Solano talking to NUFC TV:

“My friend, my heart is always in Newcastle.

 “I’m just visiting, because I have been with the (Peru) national team, so I have been working.

“But I have a few days off, so I came over to say hello to everyone.

“I have always been missing Newcastle, I have a lot of good friends and good relationships here.

“It is nice to see the same faces in the kitchen, the kitmen, the guys who do the grass. It’s so nice, so lovely.

“I was here for years and years so always it brings you back a little bit – it is emotional.

“I managed to speak to him (Rafa Benitez) to ask him if it was possible (to visit), you always have a bit of respect…even though I feel like it’s my house.

”He (Rafa) made me feel very welcome here and he’s working so hard for the club.

“I know it is not that easy but he knows the game so well and he has a lot of experience.

“Rafa is a great man.

“I have had the opportunity to talk to him – I’m still involved with football now, coaching Peru, and it’s nice to talk about football.

“He has  given me some tips, he is an experienced man, I’m learning and learning.”