Date: 25th June 2019 at 8:57am
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Newcastle United fans reacted well on social media to former player Salomon Rondon’s comments, despite feeling distraught at the news Rafa Benitez will be leaving.

The club confirmed Benitez will leave his role as manager once his contract expires at the end of the week. Rondon was brought to St James’ Park last season on a one-year loan deal that saw Dwight Gayle go the other way.

The Venezuelan was Newcastle’s second-highest goal scorer, with the forward netting 11 league goals as well as providing seven assists during the last campaign. Benitez struggled to persuade the club to sign the striker after he tried signing him the season before.

The 29-year-old is currently in Brazil playing in the Copa America for Venezuela and will return to West Brom. Reports in the Birmingham Mail suggested he was a target for Newcastle, with the club interested in making a permanent move for the forward.

Those plans will now be up in the air as Newcastle now begin the search for a new manager. Rondon wanted to make it clear how much he enjoyed playing under Benitez and took to Twitter to thank his former boss and wish him luck for his next challenge.

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