Rafa Benitez put out a message yesterday saying that he expected his top stars to stay at Newcastle and help us get promoted straight back to the Premier League next season – and that was one of their responsibilities as Newcastle players under contract.
Well said Rafa – and it appears he is confident he can keep both Moussa Sissoko and Gini Wijnaldum on board for next season.
Rafa Benitez and Moussa Sissoko last season
Rafa is fresh from hosting the very first Newcastle United Foundation 1892 Cup on Monday afternoon for the boys and girls of Newcastle area schools.
It was a huge success and helped raise the spirits of Geordie folks even higher on Tyneside.
Rafa is trying to build a squad that will hopefully be dominant in the Championship next season and he has talked today about Moussa Sissoko:
“We are bringing new additions and I think that will be good for the team spirit,”
“I am in contact with Moussa – hopefully France will go to the final, he can win the final, come back and win with Newcastle.”
“Andros, because he had the escape clause, he was thinking about that too much. He wanted to play in the Premier League and we knew that.”
“We are trying to do things in a different way that maybe could help to improve things,”
“We know that we have to concentrate on a different competition and different clubs and it will be very tough.”
Newcastle are big favorites to win the Championship next season, currently the odds are 2/1.
But the very last thing Rafa will allow his players – and even the fans to do – is take things for granted and be over-confident.
We know we cannot take anything for granted after the humiliation of last season, but we just have to take that on the chin – it’s happened now – we are moving forward.
Fans will want to help restore the pride, majesty and greatness of Newcastle – and that’s certainly possible next season with Rafa Benitez as the manager and fully backed by the amazing Toon Army.
Howay The Lads!!