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Benitez Goes Into Detail On What He Wants To Achieve This Week

The Newcastle squad is now in Murcia in Spain for a five-day training camp in the summer.

The team will play CSKA Moscow on Saturday at the Pinatar Arena, Murcia, before a crucial game at home to Huddersfield Town a week on Saturday.

And is followed four days later with another relegation 6 pointer at home to an improving Burnley side.

It’s an excellent chance for Raga to train the players and get our two new players Miguel Almiron and Antonio Barreca involved in the team.

Ki, Diame, Dummett, and Shelvey are returning from injuries so they can also be integrated back into the team.

Muto is also back from International duty with Japan.

Newcastle squad listening to the boss in Spain

Rafa will now have the complete squad to pick from for the rest of the season assuming we can keep the players fit.

Only fourth choice goalkeeper Rob Elliot is not available for the rest of the season.

This is what Benitez has said about this week’s training in Spain as reported in the Shields Gazette:

“With the new players, they will (get to) know the others,”

“We will try to work in the way that we want to work, and then everybody will understand exactly what we are trying to do.”

“Hopefully, it will be a good atmosphere and a good time training.”

“I was thinking before that it was an opportunity for players, after one week, to show something,”

“But even more importantly, we have had some players out with injuries, and the new players.”

“So it will be an opportunity for them to play with the others and see how they can improve their match fitness.”

“Some of them have been injured for a while,”

“They can have some minutes under their belts, and it will be good for everyone.”

This break has come at an excellent time for the team.

We must now start to string together some wins if we are to climb the table and finally move away from the relegation zone.

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2 comments so far

  • Lovem or Hatem

    Feb 13, 2019 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #1

    Has anyone see this article in Bloomberg about Ashley and NUFC (originally saw the article on the Mag website)?

    The interesting bit for me was that of more than 30 deals completed by Sports Direct, only two have been disposals. The one they highlight in the article was the sale of the Dunlop brand to a Japanese company for about £112 million. Apparently, Ashley bought the Dunlop brand for about £40 million.

    So, may be this shows that it takes an offer of almost 3 times the original purchase value for Ashley to sell. Therefore, if NUFC was bought for about £134 million it will take an offer of £400 million approx for Ashley to sell. For me, that is unlikely to happen. However, Ashley could be accepting a lower bid (may be about £300-£350 mil) but taking the difference out of the club to make it up to the £400 million.

    Anyway, it seems like Ashley wants to be well compensated for letting go of NUFC.


  • Jib

    Feb 13, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Panda said diddly squat not you
    read the comment again

    Hey Catchy have you seen Solskjaer’s stats from
    last night

    1 shot on goal
    116 less passes
    at Old Trafford !!!!!

    What a shite manager OGS must be !!!!!!!


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