Rafa Benitez Set to Leave Newcastle This Summer

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Newcastle Boss Rafael Benítez will leave the club when his contract expires on Sunday, the club have announced.

In a statement issued by the club, it reads: “It is with disappointment that we announce manager Rafael Benítez will leave Newcastle United upon the expiry of his contract on June 30, 2019.

“We have worked hard to extend Rafa’s contract over a significant period of time, however it has not been – and will not be – possible to reach an agreement with Rafa and his representatives.

“Rafa’s coaching staff, Paco de Miguel Moreno, Antonio Gómez Pérez and Mikel Antia, will also leave the club on June 30.

“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.

“We would also like to thank our supporters, players and staff for their patience during a period of uncertainty. The process to appoint a successor will now begin.”

The 59-year-old had been in talks over a new deal but will now leave the club after failing to reach an agreement.

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