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Rafa Benitez tells Mike Ashley what he’s expecting to happen in January transfer window

4 years ago

Rafa Benitez says he has no idea what was said when Amanda Staveley met Mike Ashley on Wednesday night.

The NUFC owner and bidder having a curry together, along with other people, with a Newcastle United takeover said to have also been on the menu and discussed.

Rafa says he doesn’t need to know what was discussed by the pair.

However, he does have one definite expectation: ‘We had a meeting in May and I am expecting that the money we did not spend in August to be available in January.’

All through the summer transfer window the United kept saying he hoped Mike Ashley would keep his ‘promises’ with regard to transfers, clearly that didn’t happen and Rafa Benitez made clear his unhappiness.

Only an £11.5m net spend, which followed not even a loan signing in January 2017, as well as delivering a £40m transfer profit to Ashley in summer 2016.

Rafa’s latest comments have made clear what he thinks and surely he will only be played for a fool so many times before he refuses to take any more.

Meanwhile the Newcastle supporters stand on the sidelines hoping that a takeover can progress and rid us of this stupidity once and for all.

Rafa Benitez:

“It is my conviction that we will stay up but new players could help.

“We had a meeting in May and I am expecting that the money we did not spend in August to be available in January.

“I hope to have a meeting soon.

“For us 40 points is the salvation, then we see where we are after that.

“Every point is important. We have to stick together to maximise what we have.

“It’s important to compete in these next two home games. Then we can win.

“We cannot win if we do not compete. We have to maximise what we have, which is fantastic fans behind the team supporting the players we have.

“No, I don’t need to be (told what happened at Ashley’s curry chat with Amanda Staveley).

“We have a game tomorrow (with Leicester) and it doesn’t change my approach to the game.

“All I can do is to influence the things I can influence.

“I was not there, so I have no idea. I know because everyone around here is obviously talking about that. It doesn’t change (anything).”


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