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Rafa Benitez economical with truth on Daryl Janmaat situation?

4 years ago

Daryl Janmaat is just one of numerous Newcastle United players whose future is unclear.

The Dutch international started the first two games of the season, was left on the bench against Reading, then not in the matchday 18 at all when Newcastle won at Bristol City.

Despite this, Rafa Benitez has claimed that the United right-back is fine about the situation and that as a manager, he is lucky to have such a ‘very good group of professionals’.

Rafa says that if a ‘fantastic’ offer comes in for Daryl Janmaat them it will be considered.

With Daryl Janmaat not being happy about a drop to the Championship, it sounds most unlikely that the full-back is ‘fine’ about not even getting a game when in the English second tier.

It looks as though Vurnon Anita could be set for an extended run at right-back and back in March the Netherlands Head Coach Danny Blind said that Janmaat was gutted he wouldn’t be in the ‘shop window’ when injury forced him to miss some international friendlies.

Blind saying that Daryl Janmaat wanted to leave Newcastle if they were relegated and the Head Coach himself, having also said in a separate interview that Newcastle’s Dutch players could struggle to get into the national squad if playing in the English Championship.

Asked on Monday if Daryl Janmaat will stay at Newcastle, Rafa Benitez:

“It is difficult to say because I told him the other day that, if he is here, he is a player that I like.

“He is a good professional and I don’t have any problem.

“If someone comes in with a fantastic offer, for us (Newcastle United) or for him, we will analyse everything but, at the moment, he is a player that is in our team, in our squad, and I don’t have a problem playing him if it is necessary.

“He is fine (with the situation), I am fortunate to have a very good group of professionals.

“They train well. Even the ones who know they may leave, train well.”


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