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Benitez Could Be Interested In This Real Madrid Defender

10:05 am, Thursday, May 26th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 52 Comments

Rafa Benitez will scour the free agent market this summer for some signings he can make at Newcastle – and we already know that his former center-back at Liverpool, 31 year-old Daniel Agger is available this summer after seeing out his two year contract at Brondby, after he left Liverpool two years ago.

Another one of his former players – Alvaro Arbeloa – is also a free agent at Real Madrid and he played for Rafa at both Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Alvaro Arbeloa

Alvaro Arbeloa – 33 year-old Real Madrid full-back

Alvaro Arbeloa usually plays at right back but he can also play on the other side and therefore could be versatile player for us over say the next couple of years – although at 33 he may be on the fringe of older players Rafa may want to sign.

Arbeloa played 98 times with two goals for Liverpool from 2007 to 2009, after Rafa signed him from Deportivo – and he is massively experienced having played for Real Madrid 233 times with 6 goals.

But it may be a bridge too far, after such an illustrious career, to persuade a player like Alvaro to play in England’s second division, even though it may be for one season only.

Benitez will have a much better chance to persuade somebody younger, who has their career ahead of them, to join the Rafa revolution on Tyneside at an early stage.

But there will also be other players that Rafa knows about, who will be available and could be brought in this summer to help Rafa build a squad that is good enough and big enough to get us promoted at the first attempt from the Championship next May.

That’s just one of the advantages of having a manager at the club who has contacts all over the world.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

52 responses so far ↓

  • 1 WWSBRD // May 26, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Wonder how many former Rafa players we will be linked with

    Haha no I dont it’ll be all of them

  • 2 Slank // May 26, 2016 at 10:17 AM



    ‘…Rafa missed a trick in not saying that one of his terms was that if the fans started the Ashley out nonsense during games instead of supporting the team , he would p*ss off..’

    Rafa is a very savvy operator and his introductory press conference was all about being positive. There has been far too much negativity for far too long at the club, in many instances with good reason but not all always granted.

    Ashley is the owner. Charnley is the operational boss who (we presume) Ashley trusts. This looks like it ain’t gonna change anytime soon.

  • 3 JP...from The Rock // May 26, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Yeah at 33 years I think it’s a bit too old for us and the physical Championship. But I would welcome Agger.

  • 4 Spoof // May 26, 2016 at 10:18 AM


    We need an established left sided forward, would Ronaldo do, or would you rather have Bale !!!!!!

  • 5 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 26, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Agger. Arbeloa. Alonso. Are all free this summer.

    Gerrard is not having a great time in the usa.

    Basis of an amazing Championship side right there 😛

  • 6 WWSBRD // May 26, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    We need players for now not the future so big Ronny it is

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // May 26, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Read my post on Churnley after you’d posted yours and before I’d read it.

  • 8 WWSBRD // May 26, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Why would Rafa (whom is loved by the fans) hang himself out to dry by trying to side with his Ashley/Charnley over the us? Howay man

    Ashley doesnt deserve this club and Charnley doesnt to be where he is

  • 9 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 26, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Milan Baros is playing for a czech 1st div club. Hes only 34 😀

  • 10 Jib // May 26, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Spoof // Rotonda
    It’s speculation and guess work, but ask yourself this, would Rafa become our manager if he thought that Charnley was a bungling clueless idiot as many portray him to be.

    You have to understand that folk like Rotonda G2 and Tsunki just cannot function properly on a blog without a hate figure.

    Away from the internet they probably behave the same way in their street , place of work and family.

    Neighbours , office juniors and in-laws that dread their approach.

    Psychiatrists would have a fiel day looking at some of the posters on here.

  • 11 ToonRich // May 26, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Why so many on here doubting Ross Mc? I’d agree that his fee is a bit OTT for his age, but he’s a proven goal scorer.
    For those saying he’ll be crap in the EPL – what makes you say that? Look at where Vardy came from!! If we do get him, and he helps us back up, I think he’d still be a useful squad player, or get back half the money we’d spend to get him…either way if he scores goals to get us back up he’ll have paid his fee!

    Agger, Gerrard, Torres and Balo on their way 😉

  • 12 Ketsbaia9 // May 26, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    I would sign Xabi Alonso and sell Colback. Great bit of business that would be. Alonso is still class.

  • 13 Jib // May 26, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Shearer’s initial comments on the likelihood of Rafa sticking around and his later surprise at him doing so got me thinking.
    Perhaps the first time we got relegated the thought of managing in the Championship was anathema to Arrogant Al and that’s why Chris Hughton got the gig.
    We all thought Ashley blew Shearer out but maybe the opposite was true !!!!

  • 14 Ron Knee // May 26, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Is Ross McCormack destined to become the new Charlie Austin?

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // May 26, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Is this Jibberish sharpening his claws and staring any one out who dared question Mike Ashley.

  • 16 WWSBRD // May 26, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Yep he would

  • 17 Jail for Ashley // May 26, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Toon Rich,
    Lilongwe broke it down quite well. If you paid 12M for him and his 25 goals got you promoted even if he didn’t make the step up to the PL a 6M loss would be a small price to pay.

  • 18 Toon-Prodigy // May 26, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    We should have got Austin! How much did he go for 4 mil or something? If he didn’t get the goals to save our Premiership status he would deffo pull us out of the Championship at the first time of asking in the team what we will have next season.

    Silly transfer policy, we wouldn’t pay his wages close to 80k a week. Then we go and decide on Townsend and Shelvey and pay them the decent wages. Madness.

  • 19 hibbitt // May 26, 2016 at 10:42 AM


  • 20 Jail for Ashley // May 26, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    If Gerrard had some type of emotional tie that says he won’t play for another PL club then that’s ok. We’re not one.

  • 21 Jib // May 26, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Strangely enough shortly after RB joined NUFC , Xabi Alonso declared he wouldn’t extend his contract and would be leaving Bavaria in Summer, everyone thought it was because Pep Guardiola was leaving , but who knows?
    Even at 35 next birthday the little Basque would tear up the Championship !

  • 22 magpie6699 // May 26, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    I’m trying not to let my excitement get me over-optimistic. I actually think promotion will be very tough, probably harder than if /when we get back to the PL. The Championship is a hard league with a few decent teams but more importantly, for a lot of teams their games against us, particularly at SJP, will be like a cup final and if they can’t match us for skill, they’ll certainly try to kick lumps out of us or at least bully us. It won’t be a stroll in the park!

  • 23 Our Toon // May 26, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    I don’t want Ross to join, I’d defo want Dembele of Fulham who’s contract has run out though and is available.

    TP – Charlie Austin has been bench warming or on the treatment table for Southampton, mostly on the treatment table. Glad we stayed well clear

  • 24 Jail for Ashley // May 26, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    I think people are well within their rights to think of Churnley as a bungling oaf. He sat and patiently waited for a washed up Championship manager to fail in his effort to get Derby promoted before putting him in charge of our beleaguered squad. The fact that we have not heard a single word from him to nothing to dispel that image.

  • 25 Jib // May 26, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Rafael Benitez has told the Shields Gazette that he has not problems working with chief scout Graham Carr at Newcastle United.

    Carr is under pressure at St. James’ Park, after many of the players he has brought to Tyneside in recent seasons have flopped.

    Carr has recommended the likes of Florian Thauvin and Remy Cabella to Newcastle, only for them to turn out to be poor signings.
    As part of the conditions of him staying on, Benitez has demanded full control over Newcastle’s transfers from now on.

    The Magpies board have granted Benitez his wish, and there were suggestions that Carr could have moved on as a result.

    However, the Shields Gazette claim that Carr is set to stay at Newcastle, even with reduced influence over the transfers the club make.

    And Benitez said: “What I have is the conviction that I can tell the fans that they don’t need to be worried about that.

    “We will try to bring the best players possible, and we will try to have a very strong squad.

  • 26 martoon // May 26, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    I have to say I always though Charnley was a local lad – I was quite surprised he had a Lancashire accent in that interview!
    I’m also still not sure about Carr – I suspect if he does stay it will be in a much reduced roll of occasional scouting.

  • 27 Jib // May 26, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    It looks like Benitez may be swapping Ian Cathro for Fabio Pecchia as assistant manager.

    Pecchia is being courted by SerieB team Hellas Verona

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // May 26, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    No problem at all with Carr staying as a scout.

  • 29 hibbitt // May 26, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    don’t know what happened @15

    every club in the championship will want our scalp
    i don’t think it’s going to be the walk in the park a lot on here think it’s going to be
    clubs just wont rollover for us we will have to fight for every point

  • 30 Mister Tuff // May 26, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    Jib Jibberish – the Magpies Board have not granted Benitez anything – it was Mr Tubbs.

  • 31 magscar // May 26, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    For those still wittering on about Charnley and Carr ( I also wanted them out) bear in mind Rafa is prepared to work with them.

    Both had been given power beyond their competencies and without apparent and appropriate checks and balances.

    Now they have been at worst neutralised and at best allowed to do a job within their abilities and if Rafa can get on with them in place then I am prepared to give them that chance.

    I suspect Ashley would still want some of his cronies in place at least at first and Rafa is too astute to expect too many far reaching changes at this stage having won want he most wanted already. That is not to say he may later look to edge both out if circumstances and opportunity present themselves and he feels they are inhibiting the progress he desires.

    There has been a massive change for the first time in 9 years and there is a mandate there from Ashley and the fans for Rafa to take us forward on his terms.

    Yes it can and could go wrong but after so much pain over recent years I am not going to weigh myself down with the past and what went wrong, who did it and why. I want to live in the moment and hope this time it is definitely the real deal.

  • 32 Hail Wor Ashley // May 26, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Mccormack won’t cost £12m. That’s his release clause supposedly, but Fulham are in financial shite. Already had one transfer embargo due to their losses and now they’ll be going in to their 3rd year of parachute payments, an even lesser amount, which means they’ll be even more vulnerable.

    £8-10m would get him easily and that’s a great price for somebody with his record in struggling teams. We need a 20 goal man in this league if we’re going to win it and looking beyond that is dangerous.

    Last time we Nolan and Carroll got 34 league goals between them, we have to ask who’s going to do that this time with any degree of certainty? Mitro will be good for 15-20 I think, Armstrong is really unknown and Perez will likely continue to be played deeper.

  • 33 Hail Wor Ashley // May 26, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Carr will hopefully have been knocked off his perch and will now just be a humble scout. Hopefully Rafa brings his own scouting network to supplement what’s already here and he gives out instruction on where to scout. Hopefully a respite from signing chuffing Frenchies.

  • 34 Hail Wor Ashley // May 26, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    A lot of hope…..

  • 35 Mister Tuff // May 26, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Extract from latest club statement :-
    “Now we have to start working. We have been monitoring players and watching players that we know we want, but now we have time and we will continue working together trying to sign the right players and make the right decisions.”

    So looks like some new signings on the cards – looks to me sooner rather than later.


  • 36 Jail for Ashley // May 26, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    It would be foolish to say the Championship will be a walk in the park but we are in a completely different situation than the last time. The club and fans were in turmoil, there was a firesale and the club supposedly up for sale with the caretaker manager in charge. If we keep the best of the squad some unlucky team is going to face a group of players brimming with confidence and 52K fans singing Rafas name for 90 mins, SJP is a firtress when it’s like that and many teams will be blown away. Winning breeds confudence.

  • 37 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 26, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    @Jail for Ashley

    Yeah I would love for us to get like a Cardiff , Fulham or Villa at home quite early in the season with our tails properly up and give them a total spanking

  • 38 Jail for Ashley // May 26, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    What a day that would be, early August, sun shining, new signings and 52K buzzing, Villa, six nil.

  • 39 PUMMELLER // May 26, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    Just to consider.. Perhaps Thauvin and Cabella were not bad signings, they never played and so became disillusioned?!
    Thauvin showed promise but needed game time to settle which was never given. Might see him back here yet. Cabella I never championed on here for and said he would flop. Worst thing is We had Ben Arfa and pushed him away to have these two come in to replace him. My biggest regret is recent times is losing that guy. Loved him

  • 40 WWSBRD // May 26, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    Will we walk the championship? We could, Rafa will be the best manager in the league with out doubt and, arrogance showing here, he will have the biggest club there with, reportedly, the biggest budget

    I reckon Rafa could bring in players lower half PL teams are looking at and hopefully will be able to keep all the players he wants to currently

  • 41 WWSBRD // May 26, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    Will also have his pick from the loan market

    Also possibly key he will have time with the squad (I think we will have our transfers pretty much sorted early doors)

  • 42 Jail for Ashley // May 26, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    I’m not the biggest fan of clubs of our stature taking on loans without a view to buy but under the circumstances it might not be a bad idea to get a shyte hot loanee LB in until we can attract a top quality one next year.

  • 43 Rotonda heights // May 26, 2016 at 12:09 PM


    At least some of us have lives away from the internet and I think any competent psychiatrist
    would have far more challenging issues after 10 mins with a broken and damaged narcicist like you on their couch.

  • 44 bettyswallocks // May 26, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Magscar@31 ….. Good post. With Rafa at the helm those two can’t do any real damage as he can step in and over rule. This is pretty much what he was hinting at in the presser.

  • 45 Munster Mag // May 26, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    I’m a little surprised that there seems to be little changing at the club besides Rafa. The general tone is that Carr, Charnley and a lot of lazy players will stay. Hopefully decent offers will come in for guys like Sissoko who will hate the championship. Maybe Rafa thinks he wont have to spend loads to get up but I think the current squad has shown themsoves to be a bunch of lazy wimps and I would get rid of many of them. as for Carr, I would rather he retired, but if his wings are clipped and Rafa monitors his activity I will be happy enough. No more crap like Mbiwa and no more Mondial dealings than necessary please. I would think it would be a good idea for rafa to hire someone who knows that championship well, on a one year contract. Plenty of smart guys out there like Dougie Freeman will give useful advice to a management team who know zero about this league.

  • 46 hibbitt // May 26, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Jail for Ashley

    if Rafa can pull some strings and get us 3/4 quality loan’s through the door i think it would just give us that bit of extra time to get things sorted

  • 47 wolfshead@toon // May 26, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    i see even tuffers is more respectful now calling the owner mr tubbs rather than tubbs haha

    i shall call him m a from now on but i still wouldnt trust the c**t as far as i could throw him

  • 48 hibbitt // May 26, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    which wouldn’t be very far the size of him

  • 49 WWSBRD // May 26, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    I don’t mind it while in the lower leagues tbh we had success last time doing it with Simmo who ended up signing fully

    But Rafa has links to the land of Madrid and Chelsea, two clubs that operate a business in loaning out quality players so why not take advantage mate?

  • 50 firebug666 // May 26, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    I hope most of the players we get will be skilled lads who are trying to break into the various top teams around the world. These will be good enough for a championship season and fill out the squad when… Yep when we get promoted.

  • 51 Munster Mag // May 26, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    I couldnt post much yesterday due to connectivity problems but am so pleased . Yes the Spanish red went down well last night – only 3 glasses though, nothing crazy! I do hope rafa clears out some of the deadwood – I don’t care if they are good enough for the championship…I want guys like Colo out. And how can we trust guys like Wiji to perform away at burton with some guy snapping at his heals ??

  • 52 Mister Tuff // May 26, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    wolf – that’s the big question – has Mr Tubbs changed for the good of the club – time will tell.
    Hope he does not pull any naughty stunts – which he has previous for.

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