Benitez Gives Update On Kenedy – Says Newcastle Must Compete In Premier League

With Kenedy of Chelsea having an excellent game on Wednesday night in the FA Cup 3rd round replay against Norwich, we don’t think we will see the player coming to Newcastle on loan this month.

It’s a pity because it’s clear the lad has talent and excellent technical ability – just what Rafa is looking for, and he’s only 21 too.

But Chelsea could also gain from a loan spell for their young star because he would get lots of playing time in the Premier League if he moved on loan to Newcastle.

And Rafa is also an excellent well-renowned coach who can help develop young players.

Rafa Benitez – gave his press conference yesterday

This yesterday is what Benitez said when asked if there had been any progress on the loan deal for Kenedy:

“No, we are in contact and we know what the situation is and we have to decide because everything is a little bit difficult.”

“We are waiting for someone now to give us a little lift. I will not talk about numbers arriving because I don’t know how many.”

“Sometimes you have a target and you think that you are there.”  “I wanted January 15 or January 20 because then you have time.”

“But OK, we are a little bit under pressure but we will try to do our best. How many players? We will see.”

“It depends if you want to spend a lot of money. A lot of managers have the same feeling, the prices are very high.”

“But we are in the Premier League and we have to know the realities of the Premier League – it’s not the same Premier League as two years ago.”

“We have to be able to compete with these teams who are spending the money.”

Since big money started to flow eighteen months ago with the £5.1B Premier League TV rights deal coming into operation, transfer fees have hit the roof.

The new TV rights deal to start next summer (2019) will be announced probably next month, and some estimates are that it could go up by as much as 50% to £7.5B.

American tech giants like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Netflix want some of the action of streaming the games.

If the TV rights deal does rise by a significant amount, Mike Ashley is likely to raise the price he wants for Newcastle United.

But he will only get near to his price if Newcastle remain in the Premier League.

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15 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 20, 2018 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #1


  • Jib

    Jan 20, 2018 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #2


  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 20, 2018 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Did Dennis not just tell us we can’t compete with other teams, what’s Rafa on about?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 20, 2018 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #4

    “He can’t compete with other teams and he’s come out and said that”
    That for me sums up Mike Ashleys eleven year reign in a nutshell.

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 20, 2018 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #5

    The Dennis Wise interview was astounding. Good-guy Mike. The trouble is, the majority of neutral fans will have lapped it up!

  • lesh

    Jan 20, 2018 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #6


    David Bick being with PCP puts paid to the suggestions that Ms Stavely’s a tyre kicker. Can we hope that between them, they can develop an innovative proposal that Ashley’ll go along with.

    And as far as Rafa’s transfer aspirations,are concerned, he surely can’t have forgotten all the efforts Ashley and Charnley put into transfers in the previous two windows? Don’t be surprised if this one ends in failure or near failure.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 20, 2018 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Who is David Bick?
    For those of us still in bed and can’t be bothered getting out to look.

  • Tsunki

    Jan 20, 2018 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #8

    I expect if this is a ploy to put some fire under negotiations then right now Ashley and his crew will be privately reassuring Staveley that nonsense in the press is hugely embellished. But kind of true.

  • Jib

    Jan 20, 2018 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #10

    Staveley’s advisor on the Liverpool takeover deal and
    someone who was spotted at St James’ Park for the Liverpool game .
    West Ham supporter
    Big pal of Nigel Farage
    violently anti Europe
    Politically slightly to the right of Genghiz Khan

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 20, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #11

    Was the call to Sky Sports made from the Horse & Groom?!

  • lochinvar

    Jan 20, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #12

    It’s not the lack money that’s the issue it could be the lack of players on the list

    Walcott – gone to Everton
    Luke Shaw – Mourinho now wants to keep him
    Sturridge – Jamie Redknapp encouraging him to go to Italy to play
    Eder, international striker ( at 31 too old for Mikeys age embargo) who plays for Inter Milan targeted by Palace
    Tosun – made the mistake of going to Everton

    Hope Rafa has some interesting targets then

    Probably keeper ,Kenedy maybe, and Josh Murphy ? As to a striker that leaves Ings who is reported doesn’t want to come.
    Just hope there are some good surprises within the next eleven days – Sky’s last night soap opera drama series will be excruciating

  • Slank

    Jan 20, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #13


    Sounds like a lovely fella, not.

    What was that Chinese proverb ‘..Be careful what you wish for?.’

    Also, ‘…out of the frying pan into the fire….’

  • masterp1983

    Jan 20, 2018 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #14

    I heard that Remy might still be available. Astounded we didn’t get him in the summer. Would be happy to give him a chance for a few mil. Isn’t Ben Arfa also frozen out? Could we not take him on loan??


    Jan 20, 2018 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Jan 20 been & gone, same number of players brought in as last year, Ashley conned you again Raffa


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