Former Liverpool, Real Madrid, and Chelsea manager, Rafa Benitez is set to leave Newcastle after his deal expires, which will be before the start of the new season, after talks of a contract extension with the clubs hierarchy collapsed over payment terms. The 59-year-old tactician has won a cup for each of the clubs he has managed in his 18-year coaching career, having led the likes of Inter Milan, Valencia, Napoli, Real Madrid, and Liverpool.

It is believed that Benitez is weighing up an offer by the Chinese football side Dalian Yifang, with the club offering him a salary of 30 million euros per year, which will see his salary increase fivefold. Benitez was the front runner to replace the Leicester City sacked boss Claude Puel, but Newcastle could not let him go mid-season. He was also rumoured to be a top candidate to replace Juventus bound Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea, but with Frank Lampard poised to take over, this move seems very unlikely to go through. Benitez joined Newcastle in March 2016, but could not save the team from relegation in that season. However, they won the championship the following year and have remained in the premiership up to date.

Juventus Complete Deal for Maurizio Sarri

Juventus have completed a deal to bring former Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri to Turin on a three-year deal. Sarri helped Chelsea win the Europa League and qualify for the Champions League during his one year tenure in England. The Italian said that he was motivated by the desire to be back home near his family and elderly parents.

During his unveiling, he was all in praise for Christiano Ronaldo whom he called the best in the world and suggested that he was expecting more goals from the Portuguese star. This is an excellent achievement for the coach who started his career in the third division of the Italian Football league.