This may be wishful thinking, but it looks like Rafa is a happy man at the moment.
“And he’s definitely very pleased with how the games have gone this year, and our fans have been spared another nail-biter on possible relegation that goes down to the very last game.
Rafa has also praised the staff he has put in place at Newcastle and he said that yesterday when his nomination for Premier League Manager Of The Season was mentioned.
Steve Nickson, in particular, seems to be doing an excellent job as Head of Recruitment at the club.
The subject of Atletico Madrid and former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres came up, and he will become a free agent in the summer.
Steve Nickson – Newcastle’s Recruitment manager
Rafa played down the links with Newcastle and with Fernando preferring a move to the MLS there’s very little chance he will be arriving at Newcastle this summer:
Rafa was asked about Fernando Torres’ availability:
“We are not talking about players yet. We have to play two games and see what happens.”
“Fernando is a great player, he did really well for us. He’s an icon and idol at Atletico Madrid and I don’t know what he will do in the future.”
“Still, he’s a good player and obviously he did really well with us and he will have good memories like I have good memories.”
“We have a lot of scouts watching games and we have all the software, all the stats, everything that you can have on any team.”
“We have all these things in place and we have meetings and we talk about players, then after you can achieve this or that.
“But in any club, you go for your first choice and then sometimes you can get your third choice. It can happen.”
“The question is you have to have the right names on the list and then if you cannot go to this one or the other one, then you go to the other.”
“You have to have the scouts and you need to know players.”
After last summer’s disastrous transfer window Benitez is hoping for a much better window this summer.
He’s expecting to get decent (if not huge) money from Mike Ashley to vastly improve the side for next season.
Rafa has said the way Newcastle do business, in general, has to change and that in particular includes the long and laborious way we do transfers.
It has to be a lot quicker if we are to get some of our top targets in this summer.