Rafa Benitez has been talking about his pre-season planning.
The Newcastle boss saying that if you are a club at a certain level/in a certain place, it might make sense to go to Australia ‘to make money’.
However, he says that when you are a club in Newcastle’s position who ‘have to settle down in the Premier League’, it makes no sense.
Rafa Benitez says that by staying closer to home in Ireland and the UK, it means ‘you can work in a way that will improve the team’ rather than ‘just having a team travelling around the world’.
The Newcastle boss confirmed that he was indeed looking to bring in a new goalkeeper and says that he thinks Rob Elliot understands that there has to be competition for the number one shirt.
As for Daryl Murphy, Rafa stated that ‘a lot of teams are interested’ so he is certainly one fringe player Newcastle should have no difficulty in moving on, having played his part in last season’s promotion.
Rafa Benitez talking to Dublin Live:
“Sometimes you want to go to Australia to make money…that makes no sense when you have to settle down in the Premier League.
“You have to be sure and in control of everything from day one, then you can work in a way that will improve the team, not just having a team travelling around the world.
“We couldn’t come earlier”, I think Burnley were here, we have to organise everything in the best way possible for us.
“The number of games and the level of the opponents, all of these you have to control when you’re trying to be the best you can be against Tottenham.
“We couldn’t manage too many more games.
“A lot of teams are interested (in Daryl Murphy), we have been in contact with some of them, he has also, we’re aware of that. We will see what happens.”
“Rob Elliot is a good keeper, he’s working very hard, I’m trying to bring in another keeper to compete.
“In any team, you have to compete with someone else, and I think he knows that’s the idea. He’s training well and I’ve a lot of confidence in him.”