Former ​Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has hit back at claims from the Magpies’ managing director Lee Charnley, who stated that the Spaniard left the club in a quest to make more money.

Earlier in the summer, Benitez left Newcastle after his contract with the Toons ended. In his column for ​The Athletic, he mentioned that he had rejected “bigger offers” to stay at the club and added that if money was the only thing that he cared about, he would have left Newcastle a long time ago.

“I tried to do my best every day, even staying when we went down to the Championship and saying no to other offers — bigger offers than the one I recently accepted with Dalian Yifang, by the way."

“If I was only interested in moving "for money", as Charnley stated, I could have done it much earlier.”

He then went on to write that the Newcastle board didn’t come up with an offer that he could accept and also revealed that they didn’t want to invest in the academy and the training ground.

“Newcastle's board had a year to sort out my contract but, when we met after the end of last season, they didn't make me an offer I could accept. They told me they didn't want to invest in the academy or the training ground — if they like, I can explain the reason why Mike Ashley refused to do that.”