Guillem Balague has claimed on his Youtube Channel that he does not believe Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez will be tempted by a move to Celtic at the end of the season.
Benitez’s name has been touted as a potential successor for Brendan Rodgers since the latter left to join Leicester City. Neil Lennon is currently the interim manager of the Scottish champions.
The likes of Roberto Martinez, Graham Potter and Andre Villas-Boas have also been linked. Benitez’s availability draws from the fact that his £77,000-a-week contract (Express) is set to expire at the end of June.
It is believed there are talks ongoing over a new deal, and Balague claimed that staying at Newcastle is a priority. Balague also reckons that if he does not remain on the Toon, he will stay in the Premier League.
“The priority is to stay at Newcastle,” Sky Sports and BBC expert Balague said. “He has had offers worth €10million net, but they come from Saudi Arabia and China. The battle is to stay at Newcastle.
“If he doesn’t stay at Newcastle, the Premier League will be the competition he would like to stay in. That will be the target. There hasn’t been any offers from the Premier League, but that is where he wants to stay.”
Newcastle must do everything within their power to keep Benitez. The Spaniard has guided Newcastle back into the Premier League and despite a lack of funds, has avoided the drop twice over.
If anything, he is deserving of a bumper pay rise from owner Mike Ashley – not fretting over his future at the club because the Toon owner is yet to offer him a new deal.
It remains to be seen what will happen this summer, but Balague has stated that it looks unlikely that Benitez will join Celtic.