Rafa Benitez has just given his press conference for the FA Cup 3rd round replay against Birmingham City at St. James’ Park tomorrow night.
Rafa has talked about this month’s transfer business being difficult but that Newcastle still have options and he’s also talked about owner Mike Ashley.
Rafa Benitez – just completed his press conference
Here are some of the initial comments Rafa made about the game tomorrow nigh coming from the Newcastle Twitter account and Chronicle Live:
“People think I like to sign old players.” “It’s not the case our team is below the average age in the division.”
“My communication with the owner is always through Lee Charnley.” “We talk every day about transfers, scouts, agents, and we have the same ideas in my head.”
“I want to sign best players possible for us”
“I don’t have any problem signing young players, if they are good players I can develop then, but January is always difficult”
“I would like to sign young players with enough quality to make a difference on the pitch.”
“I am going to try to keep getting players this month.” “I have a list of players I like and I’m confident we will.” “We have options”
“A couple of them could be really good.” “One I like a lot.” “Hopefully we can progress.”
“We are watching everything, it is easier on loan with an option or obligation to buy.”
“We had four players from the U23s training with us this week, and they can play.”
Rafa was asked specifically if he was still in control of transfers, with the recent report in the Sunday People – and he said this:
“Yeah, nothing has changed.”
That seems straightforward.
What do you think?