According to a report in the Daily Star, Leicester City will try to sign Rafael Benitez this summer, but Newcastle fans are not having it.
As Claude Puel trudged off the pitch after Leicester’s 5-0 hiding from Crystal Palace this weekend, the rumour mill began to fuel up, and the Daily Star claim the Foxes have identified Rafa Benitez as Puel’s successor.
According to the report, dressing room unrest has put Puel’s Leicester future in serious doubt, and the 5-0 hammering at Crystal Palace on Saturday certainly wouldn’t have helped.
The Foxes have ambitious targets for next season, hoping the right manager with considerable financial backing can put them in the race for the top six.
Newcastle have of course turned their season around under the guidance of Benitez, and fans are not very happy with the exit links.
Mike Ashley takes plenty of flak from Newcastle fans for his frugal transfer activity, and the Magpies’ owner will surely be looking to tie Benitez to a new long-term deal.
Some fans are doubting the validity of the rumours, while others are fearing the worst as they know Ashley will likely not top an external bid.
Some of the best Twitter reactions can be found below…
Hahahaha hahaha! Maybe to Arsenal. But not sure he’d go there….even with Cashley in charge! #NUFC ha!
— Bray (@matthewbray84) April 28, 2018
Interesting indeed, but I doubt that would ever happen, the fans at Leicester wouldn't have the same connection to Rafa as ours do, that was proved at Leicester away. ⚫️⚪️
— NUFC Opinion Blog (@NUFCopinionblog) April 30, 2018
he,d get more transfer funds at Leicester, dont think Fat Mike gave him a lot at the toon
— Neves (@martinwares) April 29, 2018
Rafa will leave early June. Fact
— Stan Dodd (@standodd) April 28, 2018
All depends on what Mike Ashley does. If he invests heavily (😂😂😂) Rafa will stay. If he sells up (🤞🏻) Rafa will stay. If he doesn't sell and doesn't invest (which is most likely unfortunately) then I can see him going.
It's all on Mike Ashley. Unfortunately.
— Suffolk Geordie (@SuffolkGeordie) April 29, 2018
Mike Ashley’s next move won’t be anything with ambition he doesn’t no the meaning of the word, his next move has to be to sell
— Arron Gallagher (@_arrongallagher) April 29, 2018