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Chinese Interest Complicates Benitez’ Future

Chinese Interest Complicates Benitez’ Future

Rafael Benitez’ future at Newcastle has taken a new twist following a reported offer from Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang. The Spaniard’s current contract at St James’ Park is due to expire at the end of June and Newcastle have offered him a new deal, but the two parties are still a long way away from agreeing terms.

Talk of a potential takeover at Newcastle has also complicated negotiations, as have the latest reports suggesting that Yifang have tabled a £12million-a-year offer to the 59-year-old in an attempt to entice him to the Far East. That would effectively double what Benitez currently earns at Newcastle, although it appears the former Liverpool boss would prefer to remain in Europe and ideally in the Premier League.

It remains to be seen whether the Magpies up their offer to Benitez, who is believed to also want greater control on recruitment if he is to stay. Benitez could also be waiting to see how the club’s takeover talks develop, with Dubai-based billionaire Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nahyan remaining the favourite to take control of the club having previously stated he had ‘agreed terms’ with current owner Mike Ashley last month.

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