Rafa sets the record straight on his contract negotiations!
“I was surprised to read that I was demanding more money. That is not true,” said the Spaniard.
“I told my agent when he went into the talks to not talk about money. The last question was about the money.”
There are suggestions the owners were only prepared to offer Benitez a two-year extension, with Benitez clearly wanting more.
He explained: “The question was about the length of the contract, and after that it was my role.
“We are talking about more (years) now, and we are happy with the talks.
“So when you see things said (about money), it means people are either not telling the truth or that people have very bad information or they want to create a mess.
“I was very disappointed with this. I say again, it is not true. I was not asking for anything, just telling my advisors to go to the meeting and hear what they (the owners) want. The owners were talking about an extension.
“Again I say, people have very bad information. Hopefully it will be resolved sooner rather than later, but I do not know when.” (BBC Sport)
Good to hear someone voice their displeasure at the spinning of the media, I think Rafa is an honest enough character and when he says that he is merely looking to extend his contract as opposed to making more money then I for one believe him. Clearly he is committed to the cause and I would hope he is on for one hell of a bonus if they finally end their league title hoodoo, perhaps any contract he has includes stipulation as to how much cash he has to spend in the upcoming transfer window? Do Liverpool fans believe Rafa can deliver the Premier League this term and if so would he need a few new signings in January?