Toon Rafa bid short but sweet

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Offers - BY SIMON BIRD

NEW­CAS­TLE will con­sider hand­ing Rafa Ben­itez a one-year deal as a quick fix to their con­tract stand-off.

The Spa­niard is in talks to ex­tend his deal which ends in June.

The club wants Ben­itez to sign longterm so play­ers he buys are set­tled and not dis­carded by a suc­ces­sor.

But time is short and Ben­itez, 59, (above) could be tempted by a one-year deal to see if the club live up to sugges­tions it will find at least £100mil­lion for new play­ers over the next two sea­sons.

Ben­itez hinted yes­ter­day he wants to stay in Eng­land. Daugh­ter Agate is at school, two years from uni­ver­sity.

Ben­itez said: “My daugh­ters, one is at uni, the other will go to uni. That will be the time when we have to sit down and de­cide.”

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