Rafa Benitez was positive and down to earth at his press conference early this afternoon.
And somewhat surprisingly said that he has not had any approaches from other clubs – and he knew as much as anybody else about interest in him from China being reported.
Only Sean Longstaff is injured, and we picked up no new injuries during the International break, and captain Jamaal Lascelles is back in training and fit again.
Fabian Schar has been checked out this morning by medics, and he is OK.
Rafa Benitez – no approaches from other clubs – yet
Rafa was asked if anything has changed with his position at Newcastle:
“Not really any approaches from other clubs. I can read the same as you. But for me I am just concentrating on talking with Newcastle and see where we can go.”
“I talk with Lee Charnley sometimes, but I am just concentrating on the games for now.”
“We’ll see when we are safe and then where we can go.”
“If we do well, also if we get a little bit of luck, we can compete with anyone. The team is solid and we have confidence in ourselves.”
“The stats are the same as last year, which is interesting, but we are more of a threat in attack because we know what we’re doing.”
“We always take these things very seriously (Schar concussion and playing on) . He had a test over there and he had another test over here.”
“I was in contact with him after (the injury), and he passed the test with the doctor.’
“I like to spend time with my family when I can. Normally we have 2 or 3 days off, then we try to stay there, and we have already stuff prepared ready for the Arsenal game.”
“My staff is well prepared and we are ready.”
What do you think?