Rafa Taking Care Of His Players – So They Can Concentrate On Football

Rafa Benitez has said the dressing room is good even after picking up only 6 points form the first 11 games but we are all hoping things will improve quickly before Christmas.

Jamaal Lascelles signed a new improved deal last week, and Mo Diame is the only senior player whose contract runs out next June.

The agreement with Rafa is that Mo has to play a certain number of games this season, and he will get a new deal – but Mo is starting to play well this season.

The Chronicle are also reporting that Sean Longstaff is close to agreeing a new deal after he has looked impressive in preseason.

Jamaal Lascelles signed a new improved deal last week

Rafa was asked if players were thinking of new contracts, and this is what Benitez told the Chronicle:

“We spoke about the extension of Jamaal and that’s signed now.” “It’s good news.”

“The rest of the players aren’t talking about contracts.” “They are focused on performing on the pitch.”

“Diame has experience and he knows he is playing well.

“He will have more chances to get a new contract and that’s it.”

W are hoping Mike Ashley will help Rafa bring three or four good players in during the January transfer window and by then we are also hoping Florian Lejeune will be fit to play.

He will be like a new player and when he came in earlier this year it coincided with a strong run by the team.

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4 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 8, 2018 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #1

    “Diame has experience and he knows he is playing well.” – hmm, not sure about that one. He’s certainly not playing as well as he can, going by the form he showed in the 2nd half of last season when he suddenly became one of the best midfielders in the division.

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 8, 2018 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #2


    Ask Ed for mine too mate.

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 8, 2018 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #3

    England squad is out. no surprises, but good to see Southgate still backing his young team including Jadon Sancho.

    Here’s a question for debate – who will be the next NUFC player to represent England?

    I’ll say none of the current first-team squad who have been overlooked too often and for too long. I’m going leftfield and picking Shaun Longstaff, England still have a lack of good creative midfielders and Lobby could well make the grade if he keeps improving.

  • Bambams

    Nov 8, 2018 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #4


    No bother mate


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