BREAKING: Benitez leaves Newcastle United

The manager will leave the club when his contract expires on June 30; the team was working on his contract-extension since a long time ago.

After many months without solving the problem of extending his contract, Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has said he will leave the club.

The English Premier League manager will cease his functions with the Magpies on June 30rd, when his contract expires.

“We have worked hard to extend Rafa’s contract over a significant period of time,” said a Newcastle statement according to the BBC.

“However, it has not been – and will not be – possible to reach an agreement with Rafa and his representatives.”

The statement added: “Rafa’s coaching staff, Paco de Míguel Moreno, Antonio Gomez Perez, and Mikel Antia, will also leave the club on 30 June.”

“We would like to thank Rafa and his coaching team for their efforts over the last three years and their significant contribution to what has been collectively achieved.”

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“We would also like to thank our supporters, players, and staff for their patience during a period of uncertainty,” they said.

“The process to appoint a successor will now begin.”

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