Benitez ready to commit to Newcastle

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez
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Rafa Benitez is ready to commit to Newcastle United in the Championship – after a week of talks.

The Magpies hope that Benitez will sign a revised contract at St James’s Park in the coming days. If there are no unforeseen hitches, the 56-year-old will be confirmed as manager for the next three years later this week.

Benitez has held talks with owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley since the end of the campaign.

The Spaniard met Ashley for the first time after the club’s season-ending 5-1 win over Tottenham eight days ago and had further discussions with Charnley a day later.

They thrashed out a way forward and a revised contract. Lawyers have formalised the agreement between Benitez and the club over the past few days.

Benitez – who has a clause in his original contract allowing him to leave after relegation – had wanted control of transfers and funds to spend in the next two windows. These assurances have been formalised in writing and Benitez is understood to be ready to commit to the Tynesiders.

Work has been ongoing on pre-season and transfers alongside the Benitez discussions.