Rafa Gives Huge Hint This Player Will Get New Deal in Summer

It seems that Rafa Benitez in his press conference let one slip in answering one of the questions on players who have been playing without being 100% fit.

Two players whose contracts will run out at the end of  are Yoan Gouffran (44 appearances – 39 starts this season) and Vernon Anita (31 Appearances – 26 start this season) who between them have played 75 times for Newcastle this term and started 65 times

Vurnon Anita and Rafa Benitez

Our best guess is that Vurnon Anita will be given a new deal because he has proved, especially last season with Rafa in charge,  that he is a good player in the Premier League.

But maybe for Yoan will miss out after being a little off-form towards the end of the season, but the Frenchman still had his best ever season for Newcastle in terms of appearance as and goals scored – 7 goals – some of which were terrific.

It seems like quite a few players have been playing with injuries during the second half of a very tough and difficult  season.

Captain Jamaal Lascelles first felt his groin was hurting back in late October – so that’s a long time playing injured – like six months before he had his hernia surgery  earlier this week – amazing commitment from the captain.

But Rafa said in his press conference today that Vurnon Anita and Matt Richie have also playing injured, which may explain some poor form from Anita recently, before he was taken out of the firing line.

This is the statement Rafa made today in his press conference when talking about the three players who have played while injured:

“We have had a few players playing for the team with pain – Jamaal was playing a lot of games with pain (like six months!).

“Anita was making a great effort at the end for us and Ritchie was also playing with pain.”

“They were playing with pain and I think that is something that is positive for them and their commitment to the team.”

“I’m really pleased for them to do the effort, but hopefully they will now be fine for the next season”

That sounds  like Vurnon Anita will report to pre-season training on Monday July 3rd – 3 days after his current contract runs out.

So we assume he will be getting a new one.

Rafa Benitez and Yoan Gouffran

We’d also like Yoan to get a new deal and maybe it was the 39 starts he has made this season which was the reason he was off-form and a little  jaded towards the end of the season – could be.

He would be a very good and experienced  squad player for next season.

Sign them up Rafa.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • firebug666

    May 5, 2017 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #1

    So the new shirt sponsor will be a Chinese online betting company. Details due out next week on a deal that is said to be a very good one for the club.

    Good news, especially as the will be no more renaming of SJP.

  • firebug666

    May 5, 2017 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Chinese betting online sites could mean we have one of these on the front of our shirts.


    There are hundreds to choose from, but for me anything is better than W@nga,


    May 5, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #3

    A betting company isnt much better than Wonga

  • hibbit

    May 5, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #4

    well that’s the chinese with a foot in the door what next a chinese owner ??

  • firebug666

    May 5, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #5


    There is a difference though, People go to W@nga out of desperation, while betting is a choice.

    I don’t gamble in the betting shops much myself, only the odd flutter maybe two a year, and I know it can become addictive for some people but it is still a choice mate.

    And anything has to be better than a loan shark,


    May 5, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #6

    And this is disappointing if he does get another contract

  • JackBall

    May 5, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Not to thrilled about a betting company, but best case, we will use the money positively.


    May 5, 2017 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Betting is a choice? Tell that to those addicted to it. Both companies prey on people both are as bad as each other

  • giimps

    May 5, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #9

    Imho, A betting company is no worse than insurance and banking or alchohol sponsorship, the difference for me is the name associated to the club, Wonga is poison, i have not and never would buy any kind of kit adorned with that brand.
    I will buy a long overdue shirt once the new strip is announced presuming this is true and Wronga are no longer anywhere near the club kit.
    Just my opinion on this but i dont think im alone

  • Howay50

    May 5, 2017 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #10

    Guess HMRC as shirt sponsor is off the table then!

  • NZGeordieviaAfrica

    May 6, 2017 at 4:13 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m the same have never bought a Wonga shirt. Hopefully the new ones are better?


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