Rafa Benitez is back in Newcastle getting ready for preseason training which starts next Monday.
Rafa was seen at St. James’ Park today where fans flocked around him as he was going to a meeting in the stadium.
Benitez is apparently to meet with the club’s hierarchy according to the Chronicle.
It could be that some agreement on targets is expected at the meeting so Newcastle can go after their top targets and hopefully get a couple of players signed before Monday.
That’s certainly what is needed at the moment.
And the manager would not be drawn on transfers with fans – which is hardly surprising.
Rafa Benitez – arriving at St. James’ Park
Apparently, the manager was surrounded by lots of (adoring) fans who asked for his autograph and pictures; the fans pleaded with him to stay at the club.
If Rafa stays at Newcastle, it’s because of our great fans and City – and not the owner.
The transfer window seems to have been a bit of a bust so far this summer, and we are now expected to lose young Spanish star Mikel Merino this week to Real Sociedad for his release clause of £10M.
But the dismal situation is nothing that cannot be put right by a couple of new signings before Monday.
The meeting may also address Rafa’s contract situation and there has been precious little news on Rafa’s potential new contract lately.
It’s good to see the boss back on Tyneside and Rafa has lots of work to do before the season kicks off on August 11th when we play Spurs at St. James’ Park.