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Report: Benitez to leave Newcastle next week

Rafael Benitez looks set to leave his role as Newcastle manager next week.

The Spaniard’s contract at Newcastle is set to expire on June 30 and there has been no progress in discussions over a new deal.

Benitez had been seeking assurances over the club’s ambition before committing his long term future, however the 59-year-old now looks set to leave after three years in the North East.

The former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager will now consider his next move in management, with the Daily Mail reporting he has a lucrative offer to join Chinese side Dalian Yifang.

Benitez’s departure will come as a major blow to the Newcastle fanbase, who have been vocal in their desire for the Champions League-winning manager to stay on Tyneside.

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Having failed to stop Newcastle’s relegation following his appointment in March 2016, Benitez led the Magpies to an immediate return to the Premier League by winning the Championship the following season.

He has since helped consolidate the club in the top flight, though contrasting views with owner Mike Ashley on recruitment look set to see the popular manager leave.

Having won several major honours over spells at the likes of Valencia, Liverpool, Inter Milan and Chelsea, interest is likely to be high in Benitez as he plots his next move.

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