Rafa Benitez was upbeat in his press conference this afternoon for the games against Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow night.
He has talked about what an excellent season it has been and that “we are so happy.”
Rafa has also said that both loan players Martin Dubravka and Robert Kenedy have done really well this year.
It looks a near certainty that Rafa will be signing Dubravka through the option to buy we have in the loan agreement with Sparta Prague.
Martin Dubravka – will be offered Newcastle contract
Rafa has also said they will be talking to Chelsea about Robert Kenedy’s situation.
Hopefully, Rafa will have some leverage with the Chelsea hierarchy having managed as the “caretaker manager” there for seven months when he won the Europa League back in 2013.
Here are some of the comments made by the manager this afternoon:
“Kenedy has done really well for us. We will talk to Chelsea about his future.”
“It’s no secret we are happy with him (Martin Dubravka). We have the option so it is an easy one.”
“It’s (Manager of the Year nomination) important for anyone if someone from outside can see the good job you have done. We have great staff who have done a lot to help.”
“To be in a position we are in, we are so happy. We have nothing to lose now. Play with freedom and intensity as we have been during the season.”
“We can win, lose or draw against anyone… but we have to show desire, passion, and commitment.”
Rafa really wants that passion, pride, and commitment back in the Newcastle team, and at the very least if we put up a good fight in both our final two games that would be a good way to end the season.
Then Mike Ashley must support Rafa in the summer transfer window to bring in better players over the summer.
It’s quite obvious Rafa wants to remain the Newcastle manager, and it’s time for the owner to step up to the plate and deliver the goods for the manager.
Howay The Lads!!