Benitez In For Spanish International Defender


Newcastle have been linked with 33-year-old former Liverpool and Real Madrid full-back Alvaro Arbeloa all summer and there’s news tonight that we are in for the right back but AC Milan are also interested in him.

Arbeloa’s contract ran out at Real Madrid on Thursday and he is currently without a club and a free agent.

Alvaro Arbeloa

Former Liverpool and Real Madrid full-back Alvaro Arbeloa

A report in Football Espana says that Benitez is keen on bringing him to St. James’s Park as the local news today is that Rafa wants to bring in two full backs and a center-back over the next week.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez signed 33 year-old Arbeloa for Liverpool back in 2007 and Alvaro stayed for two years before rejoining his former club Real Madrid in 2009.

Rafa coached him again at Real Madrid for the first half of last season.

Arbeloa can play in either full-back position so he is versatile as well as having played at the highest levels during his career.

As well as AC Milan there is an unnamed Premier League side interested in signing the 33 year-old, but they are not named.

Arbeloa played 238 times in total for Real Madrid and 98 times for Liverpool and he’s also a hugely experienced player in Europe.

And of course Rafa Benitez wants to get Newcastle back into Europe just as soon as he can.

Arbeloa would be a great signing for us and he would add both experience and leadership to the Newcastle side.

Comments welcome.



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53 comments so far

  • Rafa Revolution

    Jul 2, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #1

    Isn’t he a bit old?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 2, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Jib – todays tip – look listen and learn.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 2, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #3

    …..and a bit too good. By the time he’d squandered the last decent year of his career, we’d in an ideal world have just come back up. Can’t see it, much as I’d love to.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 2, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #4

    RR,
    Not for a year and if Rafa rates him. Colocini would have been perfect if it wasn’t for his total lack of respect for the club that has made him a multi millionaire.

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  • Rafa Revolution

    Jul 2, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Jail
    Fair point and we need cover in all defensive positions. Colo needs to be gone, his heart isn’t in it and he’s been poor

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 2, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Jib Jibberish – your link is an American Home Decor site – I’m sure they are not the best to clarify what is a game bird in the UK.
    Like I said Game Act 1831.

    If you still have doubts I can provide links to numerous shooting/conservation sites.
    Accept you are wrong (again).
    Stop wriggling.

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  • SA Toon

    Jul 2, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Don’t worry about his age, he’s world class and would bring incredible experience to the team. Just not sure the Rafa factor would be strong enough to bring him to SJP at the moment.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 2, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Jib Jibberish – whilst you are probably scrabbling around Google re game birds – in the meantime I’ll leave my card.

    https://ladybladeblog.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/h50317390.jpg

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  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Tuffty you should really learn how to read a full Act of Parliament – it really is interesting.

    Probably too many big words for you like !

    Protection of Birds Act 1954 as an amendment to the Game Act 1831
    Exceptions to s.1 with respect to certain wild birds.
    (c)in the case of wild duck and wild geese in or over any area below high water mark of ordinary spring tides, the period in any year commencing with the twenty-first day of February and ending with the thirty-first day of August;

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  • davetoon

    Jul 2, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #10

    He’s probably off for a final payday in China

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  • davetoon

    Jul 2, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #11

    Looks like penalties again. Not even sure why they bother playing extra time.

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  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #12

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

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

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 2, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Jib Jibberish – oh dear you are such a clot – the Protection of Birds Act has got nothing to do with the definition of game birds.
    A little knowledge is very dangerous.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 2, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa have both made a bid for Newcastle’s Yoan Gouffran for £2.5m #swfc #avfc #nufc… http://dlvr.it/LjJtN6

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  • JAMSHA

    Jul 2, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #15

    come on Forzaitaliaaaaaa

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  • Rafa Revolution

    Jul 2, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Snap Wednesdays or Villas hand off

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  • lesh

    Jul 2, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #17

    Mr Tuff

    Words of wisdom are wasted on deaf ears

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 2, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Jail i’m not banging a rafa snare drum. He’s doing well but we have lost our top attacking threat to pardew ( who said that would happen – credit to pardew for his sales ability) and we will also lose our other top 3 players. Ritchie is a downgrade on townsend. The other two are progressive but gayle doesnt have a great scoring history. We need more players, the useless beardo and co are still here. The facilities have improved. We have added medical staff before without change so reserve judgement there. So pluses and minuses IMO. Have a good feeling for gayle to be fair. Whither arma bobby?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 2, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Game Birds from the Crown Prosecution Service site.
    Game Birds
    Partridges
    Pheasants
    Grouse (muirfowl) and Ptarmigan
    Black game (black grouse or Heathfowl)

    Link:-
    http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/v_to_z/wildlife_offences/

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 2, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Lesh – I’m afraid you are right. Anybody involved in shooting or generally knowledgeable about wildlife knows what game birds are.

    Jibs’ hands over the ears, screaming “nanananaa – I cannot hear you” – really does not contribute to an honest exchange of information.

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  • jane

    Jul 2, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #21

    rubbish pens!

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  • jane

    Jul 2, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #22

    better now!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 2, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #23

    Jib is playing substitute Jane.
    He’ll be rubbing some anti inflamatory cream on his flabby buttocks to lessen the effect of the damn good thrashing he’s just received from my jacksie thwacking cane.
    Jib I’ll leave my card again :-
    https://ladybladeblog.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/h50317390.jpg

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  • jane

    Jul 2, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #24

    sorry you’re discussing geese yes?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 2, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #25

    indeed yes – geese yes you know wildfowl – not game birds.

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  • jane

    Jul 2, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #26

    does this help..

    Goosey goosey gander,
    Whither shall I wander?
    Upstairs and downstairs
    And in my lady’s chamber.
    There I met an old man
    Who wouldn’t say his prayers,
    So I took him by his left leg
    And threw him down the stairs.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 2, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #27

    jib/jane – better explain.
    wildfowl – is not a footballing term meaning a wild/outrageous and unlawful tackle but a group of birds of differing species.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 2, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #28

    Hahahaha – Jibs being doing some Google searches about geese and the only thing he can come up with is goosey goosey gander.
    What a plonka!

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  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #29

    Arbeloa would be brilliant but I think it impossible for even Rafa to talk him into playing in the Championship after Real Madrid.
    Fat Sam managed it with Ivan Campo but it’s a different world now.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 2, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Imagine standing over a spot kick for a place in the euro semis facing either one of Manuel Neuer, or even worse, Gianluigi Buffon. I watched it in bed, and was weak at the knees. I’m still a bit wobbly.

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  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #31

    Good evening Jane
    I see the village idiot has us as the same person again .

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 2, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #32

    If he has coaching or managerial aspirations, it might just be on the cards.

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  • geordie157

    Jul 2, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #33

    Wonder if we are looking at many free transfers….distin is old but a leader and could do a job for a season. At the other end of the scale there is Nick Powell who man utd released, struggled to live up to the hype but still only 21 I think

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  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #34

    Arbeloa and Rafa do have the same agent .

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  • BandB

    Jul 3, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #35

    Tuff

    There are no females in Jib’s world.
    It’s all gender neutral.
    Male, female, gay, welsh.
    All we need is a great big melting pot.
    They are avatars.
    Barely sentient life forms kept alive by a keyboard.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 3, 2016 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #36

    BandB…..In his defence.. He has some game birds in his world.

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  • BandB

    Jul 3, 2016 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #37

    And the odd shitehawk for company, betty.

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  • Jib

    Jul 3, 2016 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #38

    Tuff and BandB a union made in heaven.
    One thinks he’s clever and is thick as a bulls lug.
    The other knows she’s clever and has wasted it.

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  • BandB

    Jul 3, 2016 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #39

    My rope a dope days with you Jib are long gone 🙂

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  • manxpie

    Jul 3, 2016 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #40

    munster i wouldn’t say ritchie is much of a downgrade on townsend and certainly not in the championship
    last time he was there he scored 15 with 18 assists
    townsend was nowhere near that with his loans there
    its a great buy imo, a few more signings like that in defence and we’ll be in a great position

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