Rafa Waiting For Valencia Deal?

Last updated : 23 May 2016 By Footy Mad - Editor

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Benitez is believed to be content with the pace of the discussions with Newcastle officials after setting a two-week timescale on the eve of the club’s 5-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur.

It is understood that owner Mike Ashley has taken a step back from the deal after meeting Benitez last Sunday after the game with Spurs and that Charnley has taken the lead on negotiations.

Having met Charnley last week at his Sports Direct HQ in Shirebrook, Ashley has allowed the £150k-per-year managing director to get on with the job at St James’ Park.

Whether Benitez enjoys working with Charnley and feels there is a healthy working relationship between the pair, is another matter.

The media believe Rafa is waiting to hear from Spanish club Valencia before commiting to Newcastle.

We will find out this week.