Rafa Benitez exit harms Newcastle's reported hopes of signing Lucas Vazquez

Head coach Rafa Benitez of Dalian Yifang looks on during the 2019 Chinese Football Association (CFA) Cup semi-final match between Dalian Yifang and Shanghai Shenhua at Dalian Sports Center...

Premier League trio Newcastle United, West Ham and Wolves are all interested in signing Real Madrid's La Liga winger Lucas Vazquez.

Lucas Vazquez of Real Madrid receives instructions from Head coach Rafael Benitez as he comes on as a substitute during the UEFA Champions League Group A football match between Real Madrid...

Rafa Benitez will not be remembered fondly by Real Madrid supporters in the years to come.

After just seven months, 25 games and a 4-0 thumping by Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabau, the Madrid-born manager was given his P45 just halfway through the 2015/16 season.

But Benitez does have a legacy at the 13-time European champions in the diminutive shape of Lucas Vazquez. It was the former Chelsea and Liverpool boss who brought Vazquez back to Real four years ago, after all, exercising the buyback clause in his contract at Espanyol.

 

And while the winger cannot hold a candle to Luis Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in terms of technical ability, his relentless work rate and willingness to offer up blood, sweat and tears in almost every position has made him a more than useful member of Real’s squad ever since.

Vazquez even has three Champions League winner’s medals to his name.

But he’s a few months too late if he wants to reunite with Benitez at Newcastle United.

Lucas Vazquez of Real Madrid CF  looks on during the Liga match between SD Eibar SAD and Real Madrid CF at Ipurua Municipal Stadium on November 09, 2019 in Eibar, Spain.

According to El Desmarque, Newcastle are interested in bringing Vazquez to the Premier League in January with West Ham and Wolverhampton Wanderers also eyeing up a potential winter deal for a man who has fallen out of favour during Zinedine Zidane’s second spell at the Bernabeu.

Benitez bid an emotional farewell to Tyneside over the summer with Steve Bruce settling into his seat on the St James’ bench.

It remains to be seen whether Vazquez would be willing to leave Madrid to play under Bruce, not to mention Manuel Pellegrini or Nuno Espirito Santo. Newcastle’s task would have been a lot easier had Benitez stayed.

Lucas Vazquez of Real Madrid  during the La Liga Santander  match between Eibar v Real Madrid at the Estadio Municipal de Ipurua on November 9, 2019 in Eibar Spain

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