Newcastle United are looking to include another release clause in a new contract for manager Rafael Benitez as one-way talks continue over a deal, according to a report.
The Times claim on their website that the Spanish boss, who has just over a year-left on his current contract which was penned back in the summer of 2016, is still not willing to negotiate over extending his stay but that the club are keeping an open dialogue in a bid to convince him to remain.
However, despite their desire to keep him on Tyneside, those at the top are reportedly keen on adding another release clause which would allow a rival to pay him out of his contract, with the current cost coming in at £6million, a stunning move considering his recent success and how revered he is at St James’ Park.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle fans will be delighted to hear that the club are still doing all they can to convince Benitez to stay but the desire to add in a release clause will come as a massive concern. Just why would the Magpies be willing to give the Spanish boss an easy exit door if someone else, potentially a bigger, more ambitious club, comes calling? Maybe it is to try and ward off potential suitors but considering the Spaniard’s ability, there will be clubs with the financial clout who could easily activate the clause with their pocket change. It is a stunning decision and one which fans, and the club, will hope does not backfire.
In other Newcastle United news, the club are set to table a bid for a vastly talented international attacker.