The Newcastle squad jetted out to Spain early this morning as Rafa was photographed at the Newcastle Airport.
Rafa has not taken all of the first team squad to Spain and it’s still not known whether Islam Slimani has traveled with the squad.
Islam has been called up by Algeria for two friendly games during the International break – those are two games he should not be playing and we’d be surprised if Rafa includes him on the trip.
Rafa Benitez – photographed at Newcastle Airport this morning in the Chronicle
The training camp will be at Murcia’s Pinatar Arena and Rafa has been quite clear about the purpose of the four-day training camp:
“We have been thinking about going to find some sun because 21 days is too many days without football.”
“We will go for four days to Spain. It’s not too long, no parties or anything and total focus.”
Here’s the location of Murcia in south-east Spain.
This looks like Ciaran Clark disembarking from the jet (maybe) in Spain.
Good morning! The players are en route to Spain this morning for a four-day training camp, as well as a match against @official_rafc on Sunday.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) March 15, 2018
The four-day training camp will culminate in a game against Royal Antwerp at the 3,000-capacity Pinatar Arena on Sunday.
That game will be unusual in that it will be three 45 minute periods so that all the players on the trip can get some game time.
Update: Islam Slimani is in the squad that flew top Spain this morning.