Ki Sung-yueng has arrived back at Newcastle, and he has started training after taking the number 4 shirt at the club.
After a tiring Wold Cup in which South Korea did not perform well, he signed on at Newcastle and then returned home to recharge his batteries, but has returned one week early.
That will give him the chance to play in Portugal when the squad leaves for two friendlies later this week following a friendly at Hull tomorrow night.
And now we have all three new signings training with the squad – Kenedy, Dubravka, and Sung-yueng.
Ki Sung-yueng – in training at Benton
If only we can get three or more good players through the door it could still turn out to be a decent transfer window for us, which has been made extra difficult by owner Mike Ashley withholding money from the manager to try to get him to sign a new contract.
Or that’s what the reports are saying in any case.
Here’s the preseason schedule of friendlies.
|Tue 17 July KO 7.45pm||St. Patrick’s Athletic |
|Richmond Park Stadium, Dublin|
|Tue 24 July KO 7.45pm||Hull City|
|KCOM Stadium, Hull|
|Sat 28 July KO 8:00pm||FC Porto|
|Estadio do Dragao, Porto|
|Wed 1 Aug KO 7:30pm||SC Braga||Estadio Municipal, Braga|
|Sat 4 Aug KO 3:00 pm||FC Augsburg||St. James’ Park, Newcastle|
Isaac Hayden – has returned to training
The other player who has started training is Isaac Hayden who has returned to Newcastle after handing in a transfer request last week.
He wants to be closer to his girlfriend and baby daughter in the south-west, but we don’t know what the status, other than Rafa has been talking with him to try to solve his dilemma.
This is what the Chronicle has reported on the situation just today:
“Benitez is proposing the player can take regular days off and will offer the player some flexibility around training sessions.”
“Benitez is also concerned that Hayden would not be replaced if he is sold this summer.”
We hope Hayden will stay with us for next season, but it’s a difficult situation for him.
It seems there is no trust between Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez and that hardly bodes well for Rafa’s future at the club.