Rafa Benitez has been interviewed in the Chronicle today, and he has again said the goal of this season is to keep Newcastle in the Premier League.
So the players he wants to bring in during the January transfer window will be for that sole purpose.
And the manager says the goal is not to bring in a player who could be at Newcastle for the next 10 years.
Presumably, if we survive this season that will happen in the summer – hopefully.
It seems Rafa needs some experienced Premier League players in certain positions – if he can get them – and Rafa will look at loan deals to achieve this.
Rafa Benitez – wants players to help us survive in Premier League
There is news today from the Times that Mike Ashley has been given two weeks to accept or reject Amanda Staveley’s offer to buy the club – said to be a one-off payment of £250M.
More on that later.
This is what Rafa has said today:
“We have to analyze every possibility because at the moment we don’t know what is going on.”
“We have to consider every option and see it’s for us or not.”
“The priority is to stay in the Premier League – not find the next best player for the next 10 years.”
“We must make sure we have what we need to compete.”
“We need to have the experience, physicality and quality to improve the team.”
“We have had some conversations but we still don’t where we are.”
“There’s still one month, plus one more before the January window closes, so we will see.”
We could know more very soon once the take it or leave it offer of £250M (one-time payment) from Amanda Staveley gets an official response from owner Mike Ashley.
But the odds are that Mike Ashley could still be the owner come January.
What do you think?