The Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has again made it extremely clear yesterday in his exclusive interview in the Chronicle – that the club’s main priority for next season is to build a strong squad and to have a strong team on the field.
He has said that whatever is done in the transfer market with players coming in or going out – will be with the sole intention of building a very strong squad that can get Newcastle promoted back to the Premier League at the first attempt next May.
Rafa Benitez and Moussa Sissoko at Newcastle
Everything else seems to be secondary and we assume that includes players wanting away like Moussa Sissoko.
The French International seems to think he is too good to play in the Championship and therefore wants to leave to play for a bigger club like Arsenal – a Champions League club in the case of Moussa.
After Moussa’s so selfish outburst earlier this week, Newcastle did issue an official statement and Rafa has again stressed what Newcastle’s sole aims are for the summer and the for the coming season:
“It is simple in football: good players want to play with good players, in strong teams.” “So it is important that our priority is to have a strong team.”
“Our focus is on bringing high-quality players to the club to improve the group we already have.” “We said a few days ago that we have had enquiries for some of our players, but our position is very clear on this.”
“We absolutely will keep and build a strong squad that we believe can get us promotion back to the Premier League.”
“If a player leaves, or he stays, or a new player arrives, whatever business we do in the transfer window will always be in the best interests of the club and the squad, that is certain.”
The statement is for the consumption of players like Moussa, Gini Wijnaldum and Daryl Janmaat who may have ideas of flying the coop in the summer.
It’s a good communication coming from the club and Rafa Benitez.
Rafa believes if he can keep the current squad together – with the way we played in those final six games of the season – including hammering Spurs 5-1 at home – then we must stand a very good chance of immediate promotion back to the Premier League.
That sounds like very good logic to us.