Rafa Benitez could be set for a return to La Liga this Summer, according to a lazy exclusive on Wednesday morning.

The Newcastle boss could supposedly join Real Sociedad at the end of the season according to The Mirror.

They claim the Spanish club are lining up a move for the Newcastle boss to try and get them competitive in La Liga.

This season they are currently sixth bottom and last month sacked their manager, putting his number two in charge until the end of the season.

Whilst no doubt most clubs in Spain (as is the case in every other European country) would welcome a manager of Rafa’s ability and experience, it is pretty feeble to run this as a supposedly credible story.

Rafa Benitez has spent two years of hard graft and putting up with Mike Ashley, in bringing Newcastle straight back up to the top tier and now all but safe in the Premier League after a very difficult ‘transition’ season.

Could he be tempted by an offer from elsewhere?

Maybe he could if Mike Ashley once again doesn’t back him.

However, to put up Real Sociedad (where David Moyes flopped)  as credible suitors would take a massive leap of imagination.

Would Rafa Benitez really swap 50,000+ crowds for the ones as low as 15,000 that Real Sociedad are getting this season?

Even more than that, what would be the point of going to a club that has so little chance of competing financially?

The TV deals for La Liga give clubs such as Real Sociedad a pittance compared to that enjoyed by your average Premier League club.

At Newcastle, all Mike Ashley (or a new owner) needs to do is allow the manager to spend the available revenues coming into the club now, for Rafa Benitez to be able to build.

In Spain, with a club such as Real Sociedad, you would be climbing a mountain with flop-flops on.

If Rafa did make himself available to other clubs, for whatever reason, he would have the choice of any number of clubs with more pulling power than Real Sociedad.

The Mirror:

‘Newcastle’s Rafa Benitez targeted for return to Spanish football as Magpies close in on Premier League safety

Rafa Benitez is wanted by Real Sociedad.

The Basque club, currently just 15th in Spain’s 20-team top flight but safe from relegation, hope to convince the Newcastle boss to come home and lead them up the table.’

  • Dingus

    I know his family are happy where they are and as such, working for Newcastle is an advantage for Señor Benitez and his family. But the Basque country is stunning, Donostia in particular is a beautiful city. Great food, architecture, countryside, coastline, culture… I can’t for the life of me fathom why they’d rather live in northern England! But I certainly hope they continue doing so

    • Jezza

      Yes all true but the Basque Country is very different to Spain, different language, different culture, different climate, different way of life. Your average Spaniard would be like a fish out of water there.

      • Dingus

        You’re right, pais vasco has a different language. But everyone speaks Spanish. Just like Catalonia. The street signs are in Euskaran, but that’s about it in terms of language adaptability. You’ll struggle to find an area where people aren’t speaking Spanish. The way of life is typical of northern Spain. The biggest difference being they put toothpicks (pintxos) in their tapas! Not much different to nearby Leon, Asturias, Cantabria… They have their own culture and voice, sure. But it is far more similar to Castilian culture than, say, English culture.

  • ghostrider

    Rumours will always stay as such until reality kicks in.
    As it stands, those who are desperate for him to stay or not will have no say in the end product so it’s pointless giving it too much thought.

  • DubaiExpat

    The story could be credible in that Real Sociedad want Rafa and don’t forget who among us genuinely thought we’d be able to get him 2 years ago.

    However there is a big difference between wanting him and actually getting him.

    As ever it’s advisable to ignore/not get worked up by pretty much anything in the press.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Another exclusive!!!!!………WOW!……..which newspaper was that in?………I’ll have to go and buy it……..bllsht like this actually sells newspapers……….it’d be interesting to go back over the years and see how many of these “exclusives” actually were true……….not a lot I’d guess…

    • Jezza

      Regardless of all the horse manure spouted in the tabloid gutter press there is one thing I am very sure of. The chances of Rafa Benitez still being Newcastle manager next season are very slim.

      • Dingus

        It’s definitely hard to see why he’d stay given it’s an almost certainty that Mike Ashley, given his past behaviours, is not remotely interested in selling the club

      • Kneebotherm8

        It wouldn’t surprise me either if he left……….but not to Real Sociedad…

        • thewildchimp

          West Ham, Everton, Southampton if they stay up – they are certain to go after him.

          • Kneebotherm8

            I’d be surprised to see him go to Everton with his Liverpool connections………….but the other two especially West Ham……..yes

  • Arty Hume

    IMHO most articles we read are 90% padding with stuff we already know and 10% of the news or what we dont know.

  • HarryHype59

    I can see Rafa ending up at Everton next season! Their fans have sussed Fat Sham and many are wanting an upgrade.

    • Mike

      an ex liverpool god err dont think so

      • HarryHype59

        He still has a house on Merseyside. Everton are ambitious and would allow him to operate with more freedom in the market. I think he has had enough of working under the dead hand of this regime. Rafa would be an upgrade on hippo heed.

  • Rich Lawson

    It’s not even the headline of a tiny piece at the bottom of page 51,which is actually about Rafa’ wanting transfer cash and how well the loan’s have done.One sentence says they are interested in Rafa’ with nothing further to back it up.Lazy click bait ”journalism”