Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez will not discuss his future at the club until the end of this month’s transfer window, according to a report published by The Chronicle. 

The 58-year-old’s current contract at St James Park is set to end next summer and he has yet to agree upon a new deal.

The Spaniard has previously criticised the Newcastle board for failing to back him sufficiently in the transfer market.

Newcastle moved into the relegation zone this weekend following their 2-1 defeat on Saturday against Chelsea.

Benitez’s future with the struggling Magpies could now depend on whether they back him sufficiently in the transfer market this month.

The report added that the Newcastle board have told their manager that they will back him in the transfer market this month, provided that he signs the type of players that will fit into the criteria set by them.

The criteria previously caused unhappiness to Benitez last summer when he was reportedly not given the £16 million required to lure striker Salomon Rondon on a permanent deal from West Bromwich Albion.

The Spanish tactician was reportedly informed by the Newcastle board that the Venezuelan striker is not the type of player which fits the Toon Army criteria.

In the end, Rondon did arrive at Magpies, albeit on a loan deal that saw Dwight Gayle moving the other way.

A number of transfer dealings which Benitez proposed to the Newcastle board are believed to have stalled due to wage demands and transfer fees.

Miguel Almiron’s wage demands of £100,000 per week are also believed to have put the club off from signing the MLS star as previously reported by The Chronicle. 


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