Rafa Benitez Radio Marca interview – Waiting to hear whether Mike Ashley has agreed to his conditions
Rafa Benitez turned 59 years of age today and he been interviewed by Spanish media on his birthday.
Radio Marca spoke to the much decorated manager and as well as asking Rafa about Zinedine Zidane & Real Madrid and Jurgen Klopp & Liverpool, Benitez was of course also asked about his situation at Newcastle United.
It is now only 26 days until the Spaniard is set take charge of the final NUFC game of his current three year contract.
Rafa Benitez making clear that Mike Ashley has been told what ‘conditions have to be met’ before he will consider signing a contract extension.
“I am in contact with the club (Newcastle United) and I am waiting for answers to questions I have proposed (if I am) to continue.
“My family is in England and I am content here…but a series of conditions have to be met.
“To stay, (we) need to sit down, talk well about the economic possibilities of the club and what direction we’re going in.
“We have to mix experience and youth, that is the balance we have to achieve.
“English teams have a lot of economic potential and attract the best players.
“That is good for big Premier League teams but it is a drawback for teams like ours.
“He (Jurgen Klopp) is a clear candidate to win both titles (Premier League and Champions League), they have the potential to do it.
“Klopp is doing a great job, they are there on their own merits.”
“I had some information (about Zidane going back to Real Madrid) and I suspected that it could happen.”
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