Rafa Benitez has been interviewed after the 1-1 draw at Preston and he seems to have been a little disappointed with the level of understanding between the Newcastle players and he pointed that out as an area that has to improve.
On the transfer front, Rafa says we have to get down to 25 players for the Premier League and at the moment, of course, he has a lot more than that – so players will still need to leave the club.
The good news is that he can use any transfer fees he gets for the players he sells.
Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates after scoring at Preston after only 8 minutes
And even through Aleksandar Mitrovic scored Newcastle’s goal in the 1-1 draw at Deepdale Mitro could still be sold if a club comes in with a £16M offer for him.
This is what Rafa told the Shields Gazette after the game when asked if we were close to a transfer breakthrough:
“We (Rafa and the club’s hierarchy) are in contact all the time. We still have time.” Daryl Murphy yesterday joined Nottingham Forest, and more players will follow the striker out of the door this summer.
“We have too many players now, so not all of these players can have a future at the club,”
“We have too many now and we need 25 players. I don’t know about those leaving because it depends on other clubs, but we continue to monitor every situation.”
As far as the Preston game this afternoon at Deepdale this is what Rafa had to say – again as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“The fitness is quite important. You can see that they were a little bit more sharp.”
“Still, the understanding between players and the tactical work, we have to improve.”
There’s late news tonight that we are trying to hijack a West Ham deal – here’s our report on that.
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