By Russell Edge

9th Feb, 2018 | 8:47am

Sky Sports: Heavy interest in Newcastle favourite with summer exit likely on one condition

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is likely to leave the club in the summer on the condition that a proposed takeover deal fails to go through, according to Sky Sports.
The broadcaster claim in a detailed analysis of the Magpies on their website that there is heavy interest from several other clubs in the Spanish manager, who has established himself as a firm fans’ favourite on Tyneside, and that they will try and tempt him away come the end of the current campaign.
It is said that the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss holds high aspirations for his time at St James’ Park and that he wants to be battling for trophies and a top ten finish, but that he knows that is never going to be a possibility when it is current owner Mike Ashley backing him.
Instead, he is hoping for a takeover deal to take place which will see a new owner provide him with the financial backing he desires, but should that fail to happen then his future may well be in doubt, with his current contract set to expire in 2019.
Benitez joined the Magpies back in 2016 to replace Steve McClaren, but despite failing to keep the club in the Premier League he remained at the helm and helped guide them back to the top flight at the first time of asking, pipping Brighton to the Championship title on the final day of the season.
In other Newcastle United news, the club have agreed a seven-figure deal to secure a summer signing.

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