Rafa Benitez Reported After Spanish Full-Back

Newcastle are being linked with 31 year-old Atletico Madrid right-back Jesus Gamez in the Spanish press.

Futbol.as.com are reporting today that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is interested in signing a player who is now surplus to requirements at the top Spanish club.

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Atletico Madrid right-back Jesus Gamez

Atletico have signed 24 year-old Croatian International right-bank Sime Vrsaljko from Sassuolo.

That makes Gamez likely to lose his place next season in the Madrid side who finished runners-up top Real Madrid in the Champions League and 3rd in La Liga behind Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Benitez wants to sign a center-back and two full backs as soon as possible, to further augment the squad after bringing in three good signings in three days last week.

It’s going to be interesting, if this report is true, to see if Rafa can persuade the Spanish U23 International to join a second division English club after regularly playing in the Champions League over the last few seasons.

Gamez joined Atletico only a couple of years ago from Malaga and has played only 37 times for the Madrid and his contract runs out next summer, so it’s probably a good time to move on.

Here’s what some of the article in in Futbol.as.com is reporting translated form the Spanish:

“Jesus Gamez, after confirmation of the signing of Vrsaljko knows that his future lies away from the Vicente Calderon.”

“And he could end up at Newcastle with Rafa Benitez, who next year will play in the second division of England.”

“For Gamez is just one of the many players may have to move out as currently the staff is oversisized at 36 players.”

“So, with the maximum of 25 players only that can be registered , they must have at least 11 players leave.”

Gamez is versatile and can play on either side and in fact when he first joined he was played at left back by Atletico manager Diego Simeone.

Jesus was at Malaga from 2000 and in his time there the 6ft tall defender played 256 games for them with 21 assists.

We do expect Rafa Benitez to sign a couple of Spanish players this summer – we’ll just have to wait and see if Jesus Gamez is one of them.

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