Real Sociedad are set to hire Rafa Benitez as head coach for the upcoming season.
Roberto Olabe is using his new position as sports director of the Spanish side to make it clear that he only prefers the Spaniard to take charge and lead the team.
Before Benitez, there was the option of hiring Jose Luis Mendilibar, Eibar’s current coach, but he has been permanently eliminated from the list.
His signing for Real Sociedad has become impossible due to the difference of principles between Mendilibar and Olabe.
According to MARCA, the former Real Madrid man has now become the favourite to occupy the bench at the Estadio Anoeta.
After more than two years with the Premier League side, in which he struggled due to the absence of new signings, Rafa could be set to make his return to Spanish football.
His primary objective is to ensure his continuity at Newcastle and then resolve his future, first listening to his club and then the offer from the Basque side.
He has one more season until his contract expires with Newcastle and the English team don’t seem to have much desire to renew his deal.
Zidane, another year at Real Madrid
Zinedine Zidane will be the coach of Real Madrid for at least one more season.
The Frenchman has communicated his thoughts with the leaders of the club and Florentino Perez has no intention of letting Zidane go.
Despite doubts at the beginning half of the season, everything has been forgotten due to Madrid’s resurgence in form.
The second half of their campaign has played in favour of Zidane, who has never lost the confidence of the Madrid leaders.
Los Blancos’ strong results have been key for the French coach in the final stretch of the season.