Rafa Benitez has written an emotional letter to Newcastle United fans after leaving the club.
The Magpies announced last week that Benitez would be departing at the end of his contract after failing to agree an extension.
The Spaniard’s deal was up on Sunday and he has now addressed his three-year spell in a letter to supporters.
In the message, Benitez claimed Newcastle owner Mike Ashley did not share his vision for the club.
— Rafa Benitez Web (@rafabenitezweb) July 1, 2019
Rafa Benitez letter in full
Dear NUFC fans.
Thank you for three fantastic, exciting and, at times, challenging years.
What we have had here – your support, your affection and your passion – has been unbelievable for me.
St James’ Park has been always special, the 5-1 win against Tottenham, 15-05-2016, was so emotional that since that day I have always felt as though I belonged at Newcastle and I thank you for making me feel so welcome and at home.
Thank you to everyone at the club who has helped the team and of course to the fine players who grew and fought with us and to the staff. (One of the best I have ever shared time with).
From winning the Championship, to our two season in the Premier League, fans, staff and players have all been United. I wanted to stay, but I didn’t just want to sign an extended contract, I wanted to be part of a project.
Unfortunately, it became increasingly clear to me that those at the top of the Club did not share the same vision.
I’m very sad about that, but I do not regret for one moment my decision to come to Tyneside and I’m very proud about what we achieved together.
I will always have you in my heart. Best of luck for the future. C’mon Toons!