- Rafael Benitez will leave Newcastle when his contract expires on June 30
- Benitez failed to reach an agreement with Newcastle over an extension
- The former Chelsea boss is already linked with a return to Stamford Bridge
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez will quit his position at the Premier League outfit when his current contract expires on June 30.
According to Sky Sports report, the 59-year-old football tactician has been in talks with club chiefs over a new deal for months, but could not agree an extension.
Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley was handed the job by owner Mike Ashley to open discussions with Benitez, who previously rejected a new deal last summer. The Spaniard contract expires on June 30.
Benitez replaced Steve McClaren at St James' Park in March 2016 with the club placed 19th in the Premier League log.
The former Liverpool and Chelsea manager failed to save the Magpies from going down, but he remained in the saddle to guide the club back to the Premier League, winning the Sky Bet Championship title.
Benitez has guided Newcastle to two mid-table finishes since their return to the English topflight, but the renowned tactician is keen to see Newcastle compete for a European spot and possibly win domestic silverware.
Previously, he enjoyed support from owner Ashley after breaking the club's transfer record to land Miguel Almiron in January, but was eager to get the nod to sign players over 26 not supported by the club’s policy.
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Speaking about his future at Newcastle going forward, Benitez, who is keen on breaking new grounds remained upbeat about the club chances to progress positively.
"I would like to stay. I can see the potential of this massive club and hopefully we can do things in the way that would be good for everyone to move forward.,” he summed up.
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