Rafa Benitez had already said this week that he was bringing in a multilingual administrator who could speak French and Spanish, the idea being that they could assist new signings to deal with off the pitch issues and enable the players to concentrate on the playing side.

Now the Manager has confirmed that he is looking to use his contacts abroad in this summer’s transfer market, saying ‘I have good connections abroad and I am using those connections’.

Rafa Benitez has also made clear that whilst he will look for players to do a job in the Championship, he will also be bearing in mind how they will fit in the Premier League if Newcastle make an instant return.

Rafa says he is confident that fans will know themselves which positions are most in need of strengthening and says that the club is making good progress on targeting potential signings.

Of course much will depend on whether any first team players leave and in an interview with Radio Newcastle, the United boss has said that he intends to keep Moussa Sissoko despite the player declaring that he wants to leave.

Whilst Gini Wijnaldum has refused to commit to staying in a number of interviews. Though having said that, plenty of players in the past have committed but then still left!

Rafa Benitez talking to the Chronicle:

“I don’t care where a player is from, just that he is the right player for Newcastle United and for the squad that we want to build.

“I have good connections abroad and I am using those connections and working with Lee and with Graham. It is a good partnership and I said before, we are making very good progress.

“We have to think about the type of player who is best for the Championship because everybody knows it is a very different league, more physical, and it is tougher in different ways than the Premier League.

“But also we cannot just focus on building a strong squad for the Championship, because we hope we will only be there for one season.

“We have to build a squad that we are confident can help us out of the Championship and then can perform also strongly in the Premier League.

“Having experience of playing in the Championship can be important but it is important to have a mix of players who can each bring different qualities to the team.

“Mentality, experience, skill, determination, how everyone works together for the team, all these things are important.

“I think I don’t need to talk about specific positions. Our fans are very knowledgeable; they will know which positions we need to strengthen, just like we know.

“We are working to strengthen positions in which we are weak, of course. We have our priorities, we have our targets and we are making very good progress behind the doors.”

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