Newcastle United 'fear' Rafa Benitez is running down his contract

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It comes after reports Jose Mourinho could make a shock return to Chelsea for a third spell in charge - and after Rio Ferdinand described his former England team-mate Frank Lampard as "the ideal choice" for the Blues job.

The Magpies manager has been offered an extension to his current deal, which expires on June 30.

Nearly twelve months on, Sarri has informed the Blues of his desire to leave and moved out, taking all his belongings out of his Surrey home and back to Italy ahead of his anticipated return. Having won titles with Valencia, Liverpool, Napoli, and in his previous interim spell with Chelsea as well, he isn't the worst managerial option out there.

Sarri led Chelsea to a top four spot in the Premier League this season, as well as to the final of the EFL Cup and success in the Europa League. In such a scenario, someone of Benitez's acumen would suit them well.

"It's the passion of the fans that helps to win matches - not flags".

Newcastle United are very wise for expressing interest and reaching out Wesley Moraes' representatives regarding a summer transfer, however, Lazio are also fervently pursuing the Brazilian striker who is leaving Club Brugge.

Kovacic did receive some plaudits for his performance in Chelsea FC's 4-1 victory over Arsenal in the Europa League final in Baku last month.

Well, according to the Evening Standard, Frank Lampard is Chelsea's number one choice to take over.

"Or are you going with someone who the fans will love to have back". Some have even claimed they will give up their season ticket in case Benitez is hired.

And, while club legend and Derby County manager Frank Lampard remains the hot favourite, there is concern within the boardroom that the Englishman is not yet ready for such a high profile job.

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