By Russell Edge

21st Jan, 2018 | 6:35pm

Report: Newcastle open talks to secure £115k-a-week deal which fans will love

Newcastle United have held talks over extending manager Rafael Benitez’s £6million-a-year contract in a move which fans will love, according to a report.
The Times claim on their website that the Magpies are looking to tie the Spanish boss down beyond his current three-year contract, worth £115,000-a-week, which he signed in the summer of 2016 and expires next year.
It is said that initial talks have taken taken place between the two parties and that communications between Benitez and owner Mike Ashley have begun once again after takeover negotiations failed to result in a deal being agreed.
The former Liverpool boss arrived at St James’ Park in March 2016, having previously been at Spanish giants Real Madrid before his sacking, to replace ex-England boss Steve McClaren at the helm, but was unable to prevent relegation in his 10 games in charge.
However he remained to guide the club out of the Championship as title winners at the first time of asking, and has seen his players pick up results to help them sit 15th in the top flight after 24 matches.
He has quickly become a fans’ favourite on Tyneside with his approach to the club both the on and off-field, and the Toon Army will no doubt be delighted to hear news of a new contract being discussed.
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