Rafael Benitez would ‘love’ Newcastle return but hasn’t heard from club amid takeover talk

Rafael Benitez would love to return to manage in the Premier League, and still “loves” Newcastle. That’s the opinion of Spanish football expert Guillem Blague, who claims Benitez has not heard from Newcastle about a potential return, despite takeover talks reaching the final stages.

Newcastle have been linked with multiple potential new managers ahead of their takeover.

A consortium backed by the £320billion Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund is set to buy out Mike Ashley within days and assume control of the Premier League side.

Steve Bruce, who is currently in charge at St. James’ Park, is unlikely to stay past the summer.

Mauricio Pochettino is being eyed up as a potential replacement, but there is still speculation suggesting that the club could look elsewhere.

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Benitez, who is adored by Toon fans, continues to be linked with a potential return to the club, having left last summer.

The Spaniard was allowed to leave in a hugely unpopular move by Ashley, and was immediately replaced by Bruce.

Despite having taken over at Chinese Super League side Dalian Pro on a high wage, he would apparently love to return to England.

Balague believes the 60-year-old would love to return to England, and would jump at the chance to rejoin Newcastle.

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He also hinted that Benitez would even take over at Everton, despite his Liverpool roots, due to his desire to return to the Premier League.

“I’m sure he’d like to [return to the Premier League], but it’s going to be difficult,” Balague said.

“There’s a new generation of younger coaches than him that are doing very well and will take these roles.

“I feel that he would be good coming back, even at Everton, why not? If they can convince him one day.

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“He’s got unfinished business at Liverpool that would be very difficult to return to.

“There will be opportunities – Newcastle? Why not, under new stewardship.

“But I believe that right now he hasn’t heard anything from Newcastle at all so that possibly doesn’t seem to be imminent but why not, they love him there and he loves Newcastle.”

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