Rafa Benitez gave an extended interview on Sky Sports yesterday morning, and the Newcastle manager went into great detail about the situation at Newcastle.
Rafa sees Newcastle as a challenge for him this season to take the team as high up the Premier League table as possible,
But there again the first goal of the season has to be to reach 40 points and be safe from relegation.
We cannot take another relegation this season – the club would crumble if that happens, so that will not occur.
We have not had a good transfer window so far – but there is still time for Newcastle to nab a few players and have a decent window.
Rafa Benitez – a challenge at Newcastle this season
Assuming we can sign Kennedy of Chelsea on loan for the season, he will be the sixth player signed and Rafa according to the local papers wanted eight first team players brought in.
This is how Rafa explained the transfer window at Newcastle yesterday on Sky Sports:
“The story is as I said before we missed some targets at the beginning and now we are trying to do our best with what’s available.”
“I can read our fans saying ‘Listen, now we will sign a £25million striker’. We cannot. Sometimes they are not available.”
“But if they are available the price is not £20M, the wages are not the same, and the commission of the agents is huge. I think we will try to do our best in the conditions that we are in.”
“I am not happy with it but at the same time for me, it’s a challenge and I will try to do my best.”
“If I decide to stay, it’s for the city, the fans, the stature of the club, to stay in England and in the Premier League.”
“So I want to do my best but obviously every manager wants to improve. I’m happy with the players I have.” “The team spirit is quite good and hopefully we replicate that this season.”
“I will not walk away.” I decided to stay. When I decided to stay it’s because for me it’s a challenge.”
“For me, I’m not totally happy with what we did but I will try to do my best, working very hard with people at the club to try and improve what we have at the moment.”
“It’s very difficult (for me to walk away). My Chinese is not good enough.”
“No I try to do my best now. It has to be something you cannot control. At the moment I am fully committed to do the best that I can do now.”
“The first thing is to try and be sure we don’t go back to the Championship – but with ambition.”
“Ambition is every game for us will be a challenge for us to get three points and we’ll see how high we go in the table. But I can’t say ‘Oh, we’ll be in the top eight’.”
“Fans will say ‘Fantastic, he is ambitious.’ But I’m very realistic. Let’s be sure we do very well every game and we’re out of the bottom three positions and then see where we go.”
“With the transfer window open until the end of August, you can still bring players but before the game, you bring anyone in and they will be available for the next game.”
“But they would need to know our tactics and I don’t think we would have time to do that. But if we bring someone in before the end (of the week), it will be a boost for everyone.”
If we can sign say Lucas Perez before Sunday as well as get young Kennedy into the club on loan – things will be looking up on Sunday when we play Spurs in our first game of the season.
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