We have been placed on full alert after Newcastle confirmed Rafael Benitez will leave the club when his contract expires on June 30.
The Spaniard first took over from Steve McClaren in March 2016, with the club 19th in the Premier League, and has three successful seasons with the club.
Benitez has been linked to us over the past few weeks, as a possible alternative for Frank Lampard, who is heavily tipped to lead the club next season.
They said on the NUFC website: “It is with disappointment that we announce manager Rafael Benitez will leave Newcastle United upon the expiry of his contract on 30th June 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 Gomez Perez and Mikel Antia, will also leave the club on 30th June.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Juventus star Douglas Costa has admitted he is interested in a move to the Premier League.
The Brazilian has fallen down the pecking order at the Serie A champions, starting just 10 league games this season as he struggles for form and fitness, and the 28-year-old is reportedly being looked at by the clubs hierarchy.
And we have been alerted to a possible deal as the Brazilian appeared unsure when asked about his long-term future.
“Maybe one day,” he said while speaking at the African Beach Teqball Cup in Sal, Cape Verde.
“But I don’t think I will leave now.”
“I have three more years at Juventus,” he continued on the Daily Star
“Right now I do not have any option to get out of Juventus. We have a new coach and I look forward to working with him.”
“I don’t know him personally but I followed his work when he was at Napoli.
“I am really excited by the fact that he will come to work with us.”
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