Rafa Benitez Issues Another Warning To Wantaway Players

Rafa Benitez has again come out and said that those players who want to leave Newcastle will only be allowed to leave if it is in the best interests of the club.

Some of that is that Newcastle must be able to replace them – preferably before they leave the club so we do not put the squad in jeopardy.

Putting the squad in jeopardy has been done a few times in the past when we sold players like Andy Carroll and Yohan Cabaye for huge fees and then simply didn’t bother  replacing them – but kept looking at how good the bank account was.

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Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager in training

Unfortunately  in football strong bank accounts are not worth too much on the pitch.

Rafa will allow players to leave, especially if their hearts are not with Newcastle, but he will put the club as the first priority and not the player.

This is what the Newcastle manager has said today:

“Some players – maybe we will need them, and they will have to stay.” “Some players we will know that we can replace them for good players and they can leave.”

“But it depends on each one, the positions, the offers – a lot of things. In the end it depends on us, so we have to decide if we want to keep a player or not.”

“But what I want is players who are 100% convinced they have to stay here. They have to compete and they have to win.”

“If we cannot do that now, maybe they will need one month, maybe two months, to realise where they are – but no rush.”

Newcastle have already lost Andros Townsend and Gini Wijnaldum, but the club did get £38M for both of them and we have already replaced Townsend with the excellent Matt Ritchie.

Papiss Cisse has left and Moussa Sissoko and Florian Thauvin are very likely to leave in the next week (or two) and Newcastle are getting good deals on both players.

Cheick Tiote is also another who may be on his way out and that’s why Newcastle are said to be close to signing a number of players, who will be replacements for these players.

Only today there’s news we have bid for Hull City’s powerful midfielder Mohamed Diame.

Rafa also wants to ensure he can replace the players before he lets them leave.

Here’s our transfer business so far this summer with estimates of the transfer fees.

PlayerFeeClub
INCOMING
Matz Sels£4.5MKAA Gent
Dwight Gayle£10MCrystal Palace
Matt Ritchie£10MBournemouth
Jesus Gamez£1.5MAtletico Madrid
Isaac Hayden£2.5MArsenal
Grant Hanley£5.5MBlackburn
Ciaran Clark£5MAston Villa
Mohamed Diame£4.5MHull City
DeAndre Yedlin£5MTottenham
Daryl Murphy£3MIpswich Town
Achraf Lazaar£3MPalermo
Christian AtsuLoan - seasonChelsea
Transfer Fees In£54.5M
OUTGOING
Gabby ObertanReleasedAnzhi Makhachkala
Sylvain MarveauxReleasedLorient
Steven TaylorReleasedPortland Timbers
Fabricio ColocciniReleasedSan Lorenzo
Andros Townsend£13MCrystal Palace
Remy Cabella£7.5MMarseille
Papiss Cisse£2.5MShandong Luneng
Gini Wijnaldum£25MLiverpool
Florian ThauvinLoan - seasonMarseille
Siem de JongLoan - seasonPSV
Kevin MbabuLoan - seasonBSC Young Boys
Henri SaivetLoan - seasonSt. Etienne
Daryl Janmaat£7.5MWatford
Tim KrulLoan - JanuaryAjax
Tim KrulLoan from JanuaryAZ Alkmaar
Gael BigirimanaFreeCoventry City
Adam ArmstrongLoan - seasonBarnsley
Emmanuel RiviereLoan - seasonCA Osasuna
Jamie SterryLoan - JanuaryCoventry City
Haris VuckicLoan - JanuaryBradford City
Sammy AmeobiLoan - JanuaryBolton Wanderers
Moussa Sissoko£30MTottenham Hotspur
Transfer Fees Out£85.5M
Net Spend-£31M

Newcastle are holding an open day today at St. James’ Park and on Friday we have our first real test with a game at Fulham to kick off the Championship season.

We need to win that game and we then have eight days before we host Huddersfield Town in our first home game – which is expected to be a sell-out at St. James’ Park.

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