Newcastle are set to confirm Spaniard, Rafael Benitez is staying at the club despite being relegated to the second division according to Sky sports.
Benitez signed a three-year deal to become Newcastle boss back in March, when he replaced Steve McClaren, but the contract is reported to include an option to cancel at the end of the season.The Spaniard was unable to keep the club in the Premier League, leading to doubts over whether he would stay, but it appears a meeting with owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley on Sunday was positive. They talked for two hours after the stunning 5-1 win over Tottenham at St James’ Park, giving Ashley a first chance to speak to Benitez face-to-face since his arrival at the club.After the game Benitez said his heart was leading him towards staying on Tyneside to try and guide Newcastle back to the Premier League, and he admitted that fantastic support from the club’s fans was also swaying him.
In other transfer news, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes he should have been given greater backing by the club’s hierarchy over the suspensions given to Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele during the run-in to the end of the Premier League season. Manchester United scouts were at Sporting Lisbon’s game with Braga on Sunday to watch midfield pair William Carvalho, 24, and Joao Mario, 23. Jose Mourinho is in talks about a possible move to take over at Paris St-Germain, unless Manchester United make a move for the former Chelsea boss, 53. But United have made Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, a formal offer of a one-year contract with the option of an extra season. Napoli’s Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, 28, who has been linked with Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea, wants to lower the release clause in his contract from £72m to £47m.
West Ham will activate an £8m release clause for Newcastle’s England winger Andros Townsend, 24, and also hope to sign Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 25, from the Magpies.And finally, Phil Jagielka has predicted a summer of sweeping change at Goodison Park will significantly alter the face of Everton’s squad. Jagielka said: ‘We have got a few players who are coming out of contract, players who have had rumours throughout the season about moves and things, so not only is the staff going to change the squad going to change massively as well.I am sure coming back for pre-season there will be a lot of things different, but the main is Everton football club moves forward and keeps progressing. I am sure that will be the case. There is going to be a lot of change in the playing squad’.