Date: 18th June 2019 at 5:00pm
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Newcastle fans reacted in a defiance manor after the Times reported Rafa Benitez is wanted by Chinese club Dalian Yifang.

The report suggests the Spaniard has received a contract offer of around £12million a year to manage the club in the Chinese Super League.

Benitez’s current contract at St James’ Park expires at the end of the month and thus far, there are no concrete indications on whether the 59-year-old stays or leaves.

The Times report also suggests he has been offered a new one-year extension but has been unable to sign it because he wants guarantees about how much funds will be available in the transfer window. Rafa’s current deal earns him half of what is on offer in China, according to the Times report.

The Bin Zayed Group takeover is said to be progressing well according to reports in the Sun and the businessmen believe their buyout should be completed by the end of the month after proving they have the funds to the Premier League.

The proposed purchase has made Rafa’s situation more difficult and meant the club have delayed the signing of any new players. But the Newcastle fans think he will stay.

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