Date: 15th April 2019 at 2:30pm
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Newcastle United want to finalise a contract extension with Rafa Benitez over the next fortnight, according to the Chronicle.

The regional newspaper reports on its website that the Magpies want to tie the Spaniard down to an extension in the next two weeks, with the club scheduling talks to speak to Benitez and managing director Lee Charnley over the next seven days.

The report adds that both the club and the 58-year-old have not reached an agreement on the proposed plans submitted by the ex-Napoli boss during talks they have held in the last month.

OPINION

The fact that Benitez’ contract extension could be sorted out before Newcastle’s season is over will be music to the ears of the fans. The ongoing saga regarding his future as manager of the club has been up in the air for some time, and it looks like it could finally come to a resolution over the next fourteen days. If this is indeed the case, then the likelihood of other clubs coming sniffing around Benitez in light of their own managerial vacancies may just come to an end in the summer. Securing his future can then allow him to plan ahead for the summer transfer window, and it will give the players a sense of certainly once again. They no doubt want to keep Benitez at the club after the difference he has made since he arrived, so fingers crossed that everything does get finalised in the next two weeks.