Rafa linked with Spain

Rafael Benitez is being linked with taking charge of the Spain national side should he fail to keep Newcastle in the Premier League.

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Benitez penned a three-year deal with the Magpies after taking over from Steve McClaren, but there is reported to be a clause in the deal allowing him to leave should they be relegated.

Dropping into the Championship became a real possibility following Saturday’s defeat against Norwich City, and Benitez is sure to move on if the worst happened.

Reports in Spain have made Benitez favourite to replace Vicente del Bosque, who will step down after the European Championships, but everything will depend on what happens between now and the end of the season.

If Newcastle can pull off the great escape then Benitez is likely to remain in charge and will set about rebuilding the club over the summer, but relegation could see him return to Spain with the national side.

Everton’s Roberto Martinez and former Porto coach Julien Lopetegui are also options for Spain, but Benitez is said to be their preferred choice.

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