Rafa Benitez has been interviewed in the Sunday Sun today, and he has said he will do things as usual in preparation for the summer transfer window.
You would expect him to say something like that, whether or not he leaves Newcastle in the summer.
Better than saying – “No – I’m off in the summer and couldn’t care less about Newcastle’s upcoming transfer window – I cannot wait to get out of this place.”
Rafa prides himself on being a top professional in his job and that’s what he is.
Rafa still wants to stay at the club, but the problem is Mike Ashley and his slowness, dithering and unwillingness to spend big money in the transfer windows.
Benitez again refused to answer questions on his future at the press conference on Friday, and he will continue to do that.
Rafa Benitez – in the dugout
This is what Rafa said in the Sunday Sun today when asked if he would be working on transfer targets for the summer:
“Yes. We have to do things as usual,”
“Normally when you finish the transfer window, your scouts have holidays – you have to give them some holidays – and then they start working on the next window.”
“But it’s more a question for them because we have to concentrate on the games.”
“When they come back, they will start thinking about the future, and that’s it.”
“You can share information with them, but the main thing is for me to concentrate on the games.”
“I think the message was clear during the transfer window: We need to do business early. But we did business when we did.”
“And I was happier because we got a wing back, left wing-back, which we didn’t have before and we have a number ten or a winger we didn’t have before,”
“So two players with characteristics we didn’t have before. I think we are better equipped to manage the rest of the season.”
Rafa wants the transfer business done early and with more decisiveness.
He also wants Mike Ashley to give him transfer funds in every transfer window and allow Rafa himself to decide how that money is spent.
Why will Mike Ashley not agree to that?
Because he loses some financial control and stubbornness in the transfer market – that’s why.
If we can start winning games things will continue to look more positive for the club and the likelihood that Rafa will stay on Tyneside.
What do you think?