Benitez was asked on the Newcastle web-site today how he thought the summer transfer window was for Newcastle United and he seems very positive.
It’s interesting that he has again said that he was in great communication with Managing Director Lee Charnley throughout the summer and they talked most days.
He was coming back from his UEFA Elite Coaches Forum in Nyon, Switzerland yesterday and he was in communication with Lee on what was happening.
Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez
Lee was probably updating him on the Moussa Sissoko status, as both Everton and Tottenham met Newcastle’s £30M fee – and Moussa finally went to Tottenham.
Rafa was asked how happy he was with the business that’s been done this summer.
This is how he responded.
“I am very happy. We have really done a lot of business, to move players out and also to bring new players with experience in.”
“It has not been easy all the time, because of the price of players in this window, especially when the Premier League clubs had received their television income.”
“But we have traded very well, we have kept focused on our targets and we have tried to bring the players in with the characteristics that we needed.”
“Every day, until the last minute of the last day, my communication with Lee Charnley has been great.”
“We did everything we had to do to finalize our business early.”
“But these days you can’t control what others do, so while I was in Nyon in the UEFA Coaches Meeting and on my way back to UK, we were talking about the last transfers.”
“I have to say I think we have done a great job and I think it is easy to see that.”
It’s very good that Rafa and Lee Charnley seem to be working so well together for the good of Newcastle United.