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Rafa Benitez Talks About Transfer Windows And What He Needs

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.

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4 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 10, 2019 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #1

    That was Ashleys last chance to show him he wanted him to stay and he pretty much kept two fingers up at him all month. Regardless of who is the next manager we need a new training ground that was promised before Rafa got here, plans already drawn up apparently, no intentions of building it and no intentions of keeping Rafa. Winging every season while extracting as much dough as possible.

  • the ledge

    Feb 10, 2019 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Anyone defending Ashley running of us is either a shill a scumberland supporter or just really thick.
    Look at the idiots on TV that side with him keys, Ferdinand,wise,Bellamy all dodgy all have previous.

  • the ledge

    Feb 10, 2019 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Or Lee Charnley

  • Bobbybee

    Feb 10, 2019 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Firstly, apologies for not replying to anybody yesterday. I wasn’t being ignorant, I had a medical situation. Life and times eh? 🙂
    Martoon, if you’re there today, I think daft lad showed us something yesterday – he ain’t been to a game for decades.
    The demographic of supporters has changed dramatically. It started with all seaters and the PL. Football used to be a working class entertainment, but times, truly have changed.
    In the seventies we were all working class. Ditto eighties and and early nineties..
    Exanple. When I was travelling from Chesterfield for games I found a few others of our persuasion so we shared cars, home and away. Great blokes. We still meet up at games for a natter, but they were a veterinary surgeon, a property developer and an RAF jet fighter navigator. Not exactly the sort of people I used to go with in the seventies and eighties lmfao!
    (For any flat earthers out there, he assures me that at 44k feet., the sky is a very dark blue and the earth’s curvature is plain to see!!) 🙂
    I realised how much things had changed about 15 years ago when walking up to the ground I heard somebody shout “Sebastian! Sebastian! Have you seen Tarquin, I appear to have lost him old chap”!
    Both myself and the lad I was with at the time, a mate from the old days, looked at each other and just collapsed laughing.
    With due respect, somehow, I can’t imagine many Sebastian’s and Tarquin’s frequented the Leazes End in the seventies! 🙂


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