Rafa has talked about pre-season in his press conference this afternoon for the game on Sunday at home to Chelsea – the very last game of the season.
Newcastle will go back to Ireland this summer, which is where the squad has trained for the last two pre-seasons and Rafa can get some good coaching done.
He has also praised the flags that have been seen at the Gallowgate end all season, and the manager says they are very good for the players.
Rafa Benitez – in Ireland last summer
Rafa was again upbeat this afternoon:
“The atmospheres have been great all season. The flags help, it is great to see the fans delivering this. We want to win for them and the positive atmosphere from the flags behind us then it is good for the players.”
“It’s important to finish on a high. The players and fans deserve that. We want to win on Sunday.”
“We are training normally, then we will have some time together as a squad next week and the players will go on holiday.”
“We have to be quite busy in the transfer market. We need more experience. We also lose a couple of players, we have three loans.”
“We need to add some quality to the good players we have already.”
It’s going to be an extremely interesting transfer window and we will see what kind of talent Rafa can attract to the club this summer.
A win would be good on Sunday because we’ll likely finish 10th with 3 points and that will help us to attract some good players to the club.
We now have to get Mr. Benitez signed up to a long-term deal – and just as quickly as possible.