Rafa Benitez was on good form today and opened his pre-Brentford press conference with an apology to the waiting journalists for being late, explaining that he was delayed due to ‘talking with Fernando Torres’!

The Newcastle boss going on to explain that in Spain, their equivalent of April Fools day actually falls in December, explaining that the Fernando Torres reference was in that spirit.

Rafa referring to the recent incident where many journalists took at face value the fake Spanish newspaper covers circulated on social media by a Newcastle fan, which said Fernando Torres was on his way to Newcastle United.

After checking up, I found that the 28th December is indeed the Spanish equivalent of the English April Fools day, with the following explanation online:

‘April Fools is not a tradition in Spain at all.

There is a similar day on 28th December in Spain, Latin America and the Philippines called ” Día de los Santos Inocentes” or “Holy Innocents.”

When you have played a joke or prank on someone then you say “inocente, inocente!” means innocent or simple person.’

After Rafa’s little Fernando Torres joke and explanation of it, he did go on to talk about the transfer window.

The Newcastle boss simply saying that the reality is that nobody has been signed as yet and the club continue to work hard in the search for new players.

Rafa Benitez confirming that both Jamie Sterry and Sammy Ameobi had been recalled so they could be added to the first team squad, at least until signings are made and/or three players return from the African Cup of Nations.

Reports elsewhere claim that both Sterry and Ameobi are in the Newcastle squad that is travelling to Brentford.

Rafa Benitez:

“Sorry for the delay, I was talking with Fernando Torres on the phone…

“The twenty eighth of December (in Spain) is the (equivalent) of the first of April in England.

“So somebody was doing the joke that I was talking with Fernando Torres – meeting him.

“Then I could see in the press ‘Fernando Torres’ but it was just because of the twenty eighth of December in Spain.”

‘How is the transfer window going?’

“Obviously we are working hard to try find the right players for us.

“You know we have brought back Sammy Ameobi and Jamie Sterry because they were doing well.

“Then we have less because of the African Cup of Nations.

“So we continue working, trying to find the right players.”