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This Could Be A Really Smart Move By Rafa Benitez

9:39 pm, Friday, June 3rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 43 Comments

The Mail is reporting that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez could make a move for Real Madrid right back Alvaro Arbeloa, who will become a free agent at the end of the month.

This is not the first time we have been linked with the 33 year-old, who Rafa signed for Liverpool back in 2007.

When Rafa became manager of his former club Real Madrid last summer, they were reunited again at the Bernabeu.


Alvaro Arbeloa – 33 year-old Real Madrid defender

The Mail is reporting there have been discussions within St. James’ Park about bringing in the vastly experienced defender, who can play in either full back position.

The Mail is reporting that Rafa wants to bring a new right back into the club – and if that’s correct – it’s probably means he is willing to sell current specialist right-back – Dutch International Daryl Janmaat.

Rafa will need to convince Arbeloa to join him in the second division in England for at least one season, but the 56 times capped Spanish International could also help Rafa to get his points across at the club – and could be a huge asset to the manager.

The experienced defender will be well aware of what Rafa wants from players during games and in training, and maybe Arbeloa sees a career in coaching after his playing days are over.

And the defense would be a mix of both youth and experience.

It would be a smart move by Rafa, especially since the 33 year-old is a free agent, but whether he can persuade him to come to Newcastle – that will be the challenge for Rafa.

Arbeloa played 238 times in total for Real Madrid and 98 times for Liverpool and he’s also hugely experienced player in Europe – and Rafa wants to get Newcastle back into Europe just as soon as he can.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

43 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rotonda heights // Jun 3, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    wouldn’t miss janmatt one bit.

  • 2 Jib // Jun 3, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Cough cough
    You ignore what I post at your peril !!!!

    Jib // May 26, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Alvaro Arbeloa isn’t travelling with the Real Madrid squad to Milan.
    With Rafa in charge I’m starting to get the most ridiculous fantasies.

  • 3 Jib // Jun 3, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Repeat for the taboola shit
    Jib // May 26, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Alvaro Arbeloa isn’t travelling with the Real Madrid squad to Milan.
    With Rafa in charge I’m starting to get the most ridiculous fantasies.

  • 4 Jib // Jun 3, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Somebody has to leave Real!
    Arbeloa has threatened to rip Benzema’s head off !

  • 5 Belfast // Jun 3, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    He did travel Jib he just wasn’t in the squad. Did you not see him suited and booted on the big screen in the Solana hotel ? Or where you cleaning the pool at that point?

  • 6 Mag52 // Jun 3, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Rafa might have been able to make something of Janmaat, but if he can get hold of the finished article, so much the better.

  • 7 Belfast // Jun 3, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has included all his 22 first-team players in the travelling party for the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid at the San Siro on Saturday (28 May). Raphael Varane and Alvaro Arbeloa, both nursing injuries have made the trip to Milan as the club bids to win its 11th European crown.

  • 8 Yo-yo // Jun 3, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    “Former BHS owner Sir Philip Green has been formally invited to give evidence to MPs over the collapse of the department store chain.
    The Arcadia Group boss is facing a double inquisition by two select committees over the firm’s demise.
    The Work and Pensions Committee (WPC) is probing the outflow of cash from BHS and its pension fund.
    Committee chairman Frank Field MP said: “The spine of our inquiry is looking at how and where money went out of the company, to whom it went, and how this may have disadvantaged the pensioners.”
    Sir Philip’s wife, Lady Green, and the current owner of BHS, Dominic Chappell, have also been summoned to give evidence to the WPC.

    BHS Sky Timeline
    Play video “Rise And Fall Of BHS”
    The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee is examining the £1 sale of BHS to Mr Chappell in 2015 and whether the steps taken were responsible.
    Committee chairman Iain Wright MP earlier said the company’s collapse had brought “misery and uncertainty for thousands of workers” while putting a “potentially significant” burden on the taxpayer in the form of pension liabilities.”

    Do keep up F-wit

  • 9 Average_Contents // Jun 3, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Never really liked him when he played for Liverpool but rafa knows his stuff so if he wants him and he’s willing to come then go get him.

    Twice in one night that jizz is shown up for what he is – a know knowt knacker with shit for brains.

    That’s some going even for you.

    Well done lol.

  • 10 JP...from The Rock // Jun 3, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    Too old at 33, has he any pace to be a decent fullback anymore?

  • 11 WWSBRD // Jun 3, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    Another one foreign lad looking to use us as platform to get to a big club…wait what?

    Lecister used bringing experienced players in to treat affect, they offer more than just being on the pitch. I don’t think it means Janmatt is certainly leaving either as atm he is one of 2 full backs we have at the club (the other being the unfortunately ruined Haidara) and surely when facing with 46+ games having only 2 full backs is a tad light

  • 12 WWSBRD // Jun 3, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    El Toro is on a free as well I believe?

  • 13 Belfast // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    So jamie vardy had a 20 million release clause in his new contract the crafty sod lol

    I actually hope he moves on and does well.

  • 14 Belfast // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Non league four years ago ? Not bad eh.

    Probably 100 grand upwards a week if he moves.

  • 15 firebug666 // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Newcastle Announced Released List 2016

    Manager Rafa Benitez and Newcastle have today confirmed the retained and released list ahead of the return to the Championship in 2016/17.

    Newcastle have taken up the option on 21 year old defender Kevin Mbabu and he will stay for another two years now having joined us from Servette back in January 2013 – making his debut against Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup in September. He also debuted in the Premier League in the two all draw against Chelsea and made three further appearances before injury ended his season.

    New professional terms have been offered to youngsters Macaulay Gillesphey, Liam Smith and Tom Heardman, and professional terms have also been offered to offered to teenagers Stefan Broccoli, Kyle Cameron, Liam Gibson, Brendan Pearson and Callum Williams.

    Academy players Luke Charman, Jamie Holmes, Jack Hunter, Sean Longstaff, Michael Newberry, Ben Smith, Dan Ward and Paul Woolston have been handed extended scholarship terms.

    Leavingt he club when their contracts expire will be Steven Taylor, Jamie Cobain, Louis Johnson, Adam Laidler, Ben Pollock, Lewis Suddick and Jake Trodd.

    Pollock has an agreement with League Two Hartlepool United and will move to them on July 1.

    With 30 year old Taylor being the headline departure, Benitez told the Official Site.

    ‘Steven has been a very good player for this Club for a long time and his character and personality has always been very positive, including during difficult times. I would like to thank Steven for his service and I wish him well for his future.’

    Taylor himself said.

    ‘It will be a huge wrench to leave Newcastle but I’ve been offered exciting opportunities both in the UK and abroad and I’m really looking forward to my next challenge. I’ve loved my time at Newcastle. I’ll always be a huge fan of the Club and I’ll be returning to St James’ Park as a supporter whenever I can.’

  • 16 bettyswallocks // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    Sad to see Ben Pollock leaving . He might end up playing alongside Jamie Codd or that Haddock kid.

  • 17 bettyswallocks // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:50 PM

    Arsenal to meet Vardy release clause.

  • 18 Tsunki // Jun 4, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    Betty @17 I hope you don’t skate past my post but which one of those players you mentioned is the one with the mullet? I’m just fishing for clues here.

  • 19 Tsunki // Jun 4, 2016 at 12:20 AM

    So long, Tayls and thanks for all the wind milling rabble rousing at the Gallowgate end ha ha you may be a crackpot numbnut but you were our crackpot numbnut. From the clown who took one from the grassy knoll in the bowyer/dyer bout, to the many “take a cannon ball in the face” displays you were a mag through and through. Not all your marbles settled in the correct position, and your body couldn’t take all the blows, but you had your day and will be remembered as a good servant of the club. Not a bad place to be.

  • 20 bettyswallocks // Jun 4, 2016 at 12:23 AM

    Tsunki…… I think eel find a plaice where they appreciate his mussels.

    “Ray” Wilkins always rated him.

  • 21 stephen1971 // Jun 4, 2016 at 12:33 AM

    fair play and good desicion by rafa, taylors been taking money for nothing for far too long, good player on his day but that seems to be very rare now, rafa aint taking no hangers on

  • 22 bettyswallocks // Jun 4, 2016 at 12:34 AM

    Pollock was a dab hand at goal perching but the shouts of Wahoo every time he scored annoyed everyone to the degree where they told him ,”Shut up Chubs”

  • 23 jimmysmith // Jun 4, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    All this suggesting that the club is still trying to agree terms with Aarons, but has so far been unable to. He I suppose will also be listening to other offers.

    I’m not entirely sure about Arma. I don’t see the pace that Bobby talks about, nor do I see the physique of an EPL player, although he certainly has everything else. But in Aarons we definitely have all the makings of a top player, if he isn’t one already.

    Bit of a worry.

  • 24 bettyswallocks // Jun 4, 2016 at 12:39 AM

    Jib…… Sharer of nickname with Jim Smith our manager in the late 80’s. You didn’t answer my sincere question as to whether or not you relocated to Spain.

  • 25 Essex Geordie Bill // Jun 4, 2016 at 12:42 AM

    This is not the time or the plaice for that sort of humour.

  • 26 Jib // Jun 4, 2016 at 5:59 AM

    Oh dear
    Muhammad Ali placed in intensive care overnight with respiratory problems !!!

  • 27 Jib // Jun 4, 2016 at 6:08 AM

    Yo-yo @ 8 not one word by letter or any other means has been communicated to SPG by the MP’s.
    A couple of handwringing phoney socialists talking to the media hardly constitutes action.
    Stable door / bolting horse comes to mind.
    You are rushing to the defense of mealy mouthed fawning establishment lickspittles.

  • 28 Jib // Jun 4, 2016 at 6:11 AM

    Have you heard of the plant Helixine ?

  • 29 Jib // Jun 4, 2016 at 6:15 AM

    I should have said Arbeloa isn’t “training” with the squad.
    I will claim a semi scoop when/if we sign him !

  • 30 Ron Knee // Jun 4, 2016 at 6:16 AM

    ‘Defense’ – American spelling?

  • 31 Ron Knee // Jun 4, 2016 at 6:19 AM

    So. Farewell then,
    Muhammad Ali

  • 32 nut meg // Jun 4, 2016 at 6:23 AM


  • 33 Ron Knee // Jun 4, 2016 at 6:36 AM

    nut meg

    Remember his famous quote:
    ‘I won’t miss boxing. Boxing will miss me.’

  • 34 Jib // Jun 4, 2016 at 6:44 AM

    I could claim spellchecker syndrome.
    But I must admit not this time

  • 35 Jib // Jun 4, 2016 at 6:48 AM

    I am re-reading William Craig’s “Enemy at the Gates” where he talks about the brave defense of the Red Tractor factory.
    However Mr Craig was from Concord Massachussetts and had an excuse.

  • 36 Ron Knee // Jun 4, 2016 at 6:51 AM


    I’m re-reading Antony Beevor’s Stalingrad. Fancy that!

  • 37 nut meg // Jun 4, 2016 at 6:55 AM

    Sports fans all over the world will miss him not only boxing. A truly magnificent boxer,skill,courage,he had the lot.We are so lucky to have lived in the Ali era and witnessed his brilliance.
    My favorite quote ” he hit me so hard my ancestors in Africa felt it” lol

  • 38 Ron Knee // Jun 4, 2016 at 7:02 AM

    nut meg

    I once saw Joe Frazier in Kensington High Street. He was in London to fight Joe Bugner. What a man-mountain!

  • 39 hibbitt // Jun 4, 2016 at 7:07 AM

    had the honour to shake the man’s hand in south shields market place in july 77 a true sporting icon and a gentleman

  • 40 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 4, 2016 at 7:42 AM


    Ali – sad loss – I, I remember him being invited to the North East by Jimmy Stanley and at the time and my claim to fame was doing the artwork for the programme for his visit to the North East.

  • 41 Mister Tuff // Jun 4, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Greatest sportsman of all time.

  • 42 jimmysmith // Jun 4, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    Norman Mailer’s “The Fight” is a truly fantastic and relatively short account, certainly by his standards, of the “Rumble in the Jungle”, for those who might be a little younger and perhaps less aware of just how great and important a figure Ali was.

    The doco “When We Were Kings,” is excellent too, if you can’t get hold of the book.

  • 43 Tsunki // Jun 4, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    I remember far back enough to recall the controversy surrounding Cassius Clay changing his name and refusing the draft. America was in full world police mode back then so it took some guts to stand up to their government and their war ambitions.

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