According to Italian reports, Napoli have contacted Rafael Benitez about returning to Naples, but Newcastle fans are having none of it.
The report from Il Mattino (via Football Italia) claims Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis phoned Benitez to enquire about a return to the club.
Benitez was in charge of Napoli before moving to Real Madrid in 2015, and built much of the side that is currently competing with Juventus for the Serie A table.
Current manager Maurizio Sarri has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea to replace Antonio Conte, and the Italian press believe Benitez is on the shortlist to replace him.
Marco Giampaolo, Lazio’s Simone Inzaghi and soon to be free agent Unai Emery are also of interest to the Italian giants.
Newcastle could yet finish in the top ten this season with a squad barely capable of escaping relegation, so it’s no surprise clubs are sniffing around Benitez.
The Spaniard is loved on Tyneside, but with his contract running down and not much confidence in owner Mike Ashley to make the right decision, there is certainly cause for concern.
Some of the best Twitter reactions can be found below…
Rafa is very clever man, I’m convinced he wants to stay but needs the ambitions he has for team and fans supported. It’s all possible but I’m not convinced owner wants it and Lee Charnley simply out of his depth #NUFC
— Mark Tserkezie (@MarkTserkezie) May 1, 2018
Ashley's approach will have been vindicated in his mind. Minimal investment and we're mid table… unfortunately Rafa isn't going to accept it again
— Raj Bithal (@Biffarinho) May 1, 2018
If the Napoli owner phoned Benitez isn’t that an illegal approach? #nufc
— David Punton (@DavePunton) May 1, 2018
It would honestly be the most Mike Ashley thing ever for him to have used Rafa purely to guarantee a return to Premier League riches and then deem him too expensive and not enough of a puppet for his liking, and then him gamble again on another cheaper alternative 😫
— Nathan Nicholson (@JnathanN) May 1, 2018
Huge summer ahead, that's for sure!
— StreetAway (@streetawayapp) May 1, 2018