Agent gives update on Newcastle's Rafa Silva hopes, Benfica star makes decision

Newcastle United's Spanish manager Rafael Benitez smiles during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Bournemouth at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne,...

Newcastle United want to bring Benfica foward Rafa Silva to the Premier League, according to the Portugal international's agent.

Benfica's midfielder Rafa Silva celebrates after scoring during the Portuguese league football match SL Benfica vs GD Chaves at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on February 24, 2017.

Just three days after Rafa Silva’s agent claimed that Newcastle United wanted to sign the Benfica winger, the Portuguese international has instead decided to sign a three-year deal with the Primeira Liga leaders, according to Public.

Benfica’s £14 million record signing has enjoyed an exceptional season at the Estadio da Luz, scoring 19 goals in all competitions to fire The Eagles to the top of the table as they look to reclaim a trophy won by bitter rivals Porto last year.

And Antonio Araujo, Silva’s agent, suggested that a move to England was on the cards.

 

“[Newcastle] is one of the interested parties, they are one of the interested ones,” he told Radio Renascenca on Tuesday.

But the excitement didn’t last long. It has taken just 72 hours for Newcastle’s hope to turn into disappointment with Silva instead committing his future to the club he joined from Braga three years ago.

According to Public, the 25-year-old has signed a three-year contract extension at Benfica, committing his long-term future to Bruno Lage’s side.

Benfica's forward Rafa Silva (R) vies with Sporting's goalkeeper Rui Patricio (C) and defender Ruben Semedo during the Portuguese league football match SL Benfica vs Sporting CP at the Luz...

"The agreement was reached, it was what the club and Rafa intended. What I can say is that the player is happy, the club was also satisfied and we go forward,” Araujo said.

Newcastle might have viewed Silva as a potential replacement for star forward Ayoze Perez, who was linked with a £25 million move to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur this week by FC Inter News.

Bruno Lage of SL Benfica celebrates the victory with goal scorer Rafa Silva of SL Benfica at the end of the Liga NOS match between FC Porto and SL Benfica at Estadio do Dragao on March 2,...

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