There has been some news today that Aston Villa want both Isaac Hayden and Ciaran Clark on loan in the Championship for the season.
But Rafa has confirmed that nobody in the first team squad will be loaned out this season.
There are some players – Henri Saivet, Rolando Aarons and Achraf Lazaar – who will be moving out and they have not been allocated a squad number.
Some youngsters will also be heading out on loan and maybe for the season – like England U21 goalkeeper Freddie Woodman as an example.
Rafa Benitez in training this week – listen up
Rafa started off his conference with a little bit of class by congratulating Neil Warnock on the great job he did last season in getting the Bluebirds promoted.
That was his first full season in charge in South Wales.
That’s a fantastic achievement by Warnock and the 8th promotion in his long career in football management.
Here’s some of what Rafa said in his PR today:
“I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate Cardiff, Neil Warnock and their fans on their promotion before you ask questions.”
“I did not get the chance before.”
“He (Yedlin) has been training but it is too soon for him this weekend. He will stay up here and work hard. Next week he should be better.”
“Nothing (on loans out of the club). Anyone who is in our squad, they will not go, as we don’t have too many players.”
“Some young players need loans, but we don’t have the numbers to allow others to go.”
“Some players can go abroad or to the Championship on loan.” “We have two or three who don’t play enough who could go out on loan.”
“We did really well last weekend, we are happy with the performance, but disappointed with the result.”
“The players have trained really well, they do every week, and the reaction is they have worked to get better.”
“The new signings have settled in well. Some of them who don’t know the PL like Schar and Muto might need a bit of time.”
“Rondon, Ki and Fernandez already know it well. The squad for me is stronger than before, we brought some players in.”
“But is the (starting) eleven better? “
“We will see.”
There’s been some discussion about those last sentences from Rafa.
Yes – the squad is better, and we have more depth in some positions, but is the starting eleven better than it was last season?
It is if we compare the team to a year ago because we now have Kenedy and Dubravka starting and they made a huge difference to the team in January.
Unfortunately, Kenedy is still on loan, but we got a bargain buy for Dubravka and paid only £4M for him.
But Rafa’s right about how good the starting eleven is – we will find out soon.