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Madness – Rafa Benitez confirms at press conference 12 days into transfer window he doesn’t know what budget if any

4 years ago
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The Rafa Benitez Swansea press conference has taken place on Friday lunchtime.

The United boss has confirmed that Jamaal Lascelles is available for the match, despite having been subbed after half on hour against Luton last Saturday.

However, Mitrovic, Lejeune and Gamez will all still be missing.

Predictably, Rafa was asked about the January transfer window.

The manager confirming that 12 days into it he still doesn’t know what his budget is and in terms of selling players to help buy others, the United boss says that the club haven’t received an offer for anybody in the first team squad.

Rafa Benitez Swansea press conference:

(Asked if knows how much he has to spend in January yet) “No – but we are still working.

(Asked if Newcastle will make signings) “I hope so.

“We have a lot of people working, talking to agents, giving us names and options. I have to concentrate on games and Saturday is an important game for us.

“We are working (on transfers) but there is no news at the moment. We don’t have any offers. All the names that you can read in the press, some of them are not true.

“Swansea have a new manager and they are quite organised, quite disciplined. We need to be sure that we don’t lose the game but have the mentality that we will win. It will be tough.

“We have to approach this game with the same mentality as the last few games. It will be a massive game for us, a massive game for them. Hopefully we will win.

“We have Jesus Gamez, Florian Lejeune and Aleksandar Mitrovic injured. Mitrovic has been running and is closer. Those three players will not be available.

“We have to move players because we need (to free up) positions in the squad but we do not have to sell to buy.

“If players go it will be because we have replacements but we are not interested in loans out.”

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