The Spanish tactician penned down the reason behind his departure through a column in the Athletic.

Months after leaving Newcastle United, Rafa Benitez has stated that he simply did not trust club owner Mike Ashley. Currently in China with Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang, the manager is earning twice than what he was paid at the Magpies and Rafa has insisted it majorly were the trust issues which led him to his departure.

The managing director of the club, Lee Charnley, said in a matchday programme on Sunday that they did their best to persuade him to stay but were unable to match the £12m offer from Dalian Yifang. He claimed that it was all about money for Benitez.

Replying to these claims, Benitez said in The Athletic that allotted budget was not enough for a top-10 finish in the Premier League and that he was asked to give up some of his control over transfers. 

“I’ve encouraged supporters to get behind Steve Bruce and his new team — but I’ve been made aware of what Lee Charnley, Newcastle’s managing director, claimed in the club’s match programme last weekend and I think it’s important I address that,” Benitez said.

“Newcastle’s board had a year to sort out my contract but, when we met after the end of last season, they didn’t make me an offer I could accept. They told me they didn’t want to invest in the academy or the training ground — if they like, I can explain the reason why Mike Ashley refused to do that.”



The transfer policy they were going to imply was to buy the players under the age of 24. The particular mindset did not impress the Spanish mindset who lost the faith in attaining a respectable position in the Premier League.

“I knew they would not come back with a serious offer and, when it arrived… it was for the same salary as three years earlier and with less control over signings. After three years of unfulfilled promises, I didn’t trust them,” Benitez added.

“In front of us we had three options: nothing serious from Newcastle, the hope of a possible takeover or a different project. Yes, it was a big offer in China — I have never denied that — but it was also another continent and another league, from a club giving us a lot of recognition and respect. That decision wasn’t easy, but it was clear.”