Rondon pays tribute to departing Benitez

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Salomon Rondon's return to Newcastle looks unlikely after Rafa Benitez's departure as the striker wished the departing boss well.

Salomon Rondon’s return to Newcastle looks unlikely after Rafa Benitez’s departure as the striker wished the departing boss well.

It was confirmed on Monday that the Spanish tactician’s 27-month spell as Magpies chief will come to an end next month as the club could not agree new terms with the 59-year-old.

It leaves the Tynesiders in search of a new manager ahead of next season and already a number of names have been linked.

Reaction to the news has been swift, with plenty of negativity towards the club’s owner Mike Ashley, who continues to stay tight-lipped over a potential takeover at St James’ Park.

Rondon became a cult hero at the north-east outfit while on loan last season, bagging 11 top-flight goals from 32 appearances, and it seemed as though Benitez was keen to sign him on a permanent basis.

All deals will now be on hold until a new manager is in place and Venezuela international Rondon took to Twitter to express his feelings on the matter.

‘I must say that @rafabenitezweb deserves huge credit for what our team achieved last season, and I’m sure he’ll have success in his career,’ he tweeted.

Punters looking to use a free bet might see Benitez’s departure as terminal to the club’s hopes of staying up next term and they kick off proceedings against Arsenal on August 11.

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