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Rafa Benitez Hints At Keeping Top Players At Newcastle

Still no breakthrough in the transfer market for Newcastle, but Rafa Benitez is working hard to close some  deals that will bring in players who can improve the squad he inherited, when he first arrived on Tyneside last March.

A center-back and a striker are probably the two players we need the most – to strengthen the defense and to have a striker who can score goals on a regular basis for us in the Championship.

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Rafa Benitez – good competition in squad

Rafa feels he already has some good competition in the squad he inherited:

“We have some good competition.” “People ask about Mitrovic or Cisse, Gini or Ayoze and Anita and Janmaat.”

“That for me is quite positive.” “It means we have players competing for positions.” “The only thing I see from that is positive.”

“It will be good for us and much better for the team.”

There are three players he mentions there who may be leaving Newcastle this summer – Papiss Cisse, Gini Wijnaldum and Daryl Janmaat so we don’t know if Rafa intends to keep all three of them on board for next season.

Papiss has been linked again with a potential move to China and we expect Gini and Daryl to both push for a move this summer so they don;t have to play in England’s second division.

But we need a  big squad for next season and Rafa wants to rotate the players, so he can keep them fresh over what is a long season.

Maybe he will let very few players leave this summer.

Fringe players like Florian Thauvin, Yoan Gouffran, Emmanuel Riviere, Gael Bigirimana, Gael Bigirimana, Haris Vuckic and Sammy Ameobi could all leave us before September rolls around.

Remy Cabella will complete his move to Marseille next week for  £7.3M.

The players will be reporting back to pre-season training next week, so hopefully we will be getting more news about what’s going on, after it’s been a fairly quiet June for Newcastle – at least compared to previous years.

We also need a breakthrough soon in the transfer market.

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