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Rafa Benitez Huddersfield press conference: The manager quizzed on Mike Ashley, Huddersfield and transfers

2 years ago
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The Rafa Benitez Huddersfield Press Conference has taken place on Friday lunchtime.

The United boss hoping to bounce back from defeat against Spurs and the back luck/judgement that came with it, via injuries to Lejeune & Dummett and Shelvey’s red card.

Asked about the Mike Ashley interview, Rafa said that it doesn’t change anything, as the owner knows what he said to the manager back in May and Ashley knows what Benitez’ opinion is.

Rafa Benitez left six first team players out of the public training session on Thursday as he tries to encourage them to leave, the manager making clear that getting players out of St James Park is an important factor in what he will be able to do in the next 13 days, when it comes to recruiting players he wants.

First quotes from the Rafa Benitez Huddersfield Press Conference:

“It (Mike Ashley interview) hasn’t changed anything….he knows what he told me and what I was thinking.

“We know where we are and the way to move forward, we are trying to do something in the transfer market but we must stay calm.

“The mood is positive and the team has been working very hard.

“I think we know how they play and they know how we play. If we do well, we’ll have more confidence for the next games.

“What I have to do is concentrate on what we can do now, and make sure the players are ready for this game.

Huddersfield did really well the other day, and it will be a tough game, for sure.

“The league is nine months. We compare it with a marathon, and we’re just starting.

“We know the way to move forward is to keep doing our jobs every day.

“The team was doing (against Tottenham) what we were practising during the week and it t was the red card and injuries that changed the game.

“We’ve seen him (Joselu) playing for Stoke – he has played in top leagues and (showed) he can score goals.

“It (more transfers) depends on how many move out.”

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