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Rafa Benitez “We have to be able to compete with these teams who are spending the money”

4 years ago

Raf Benitez has revealed that this past week he was involved in a conference call with Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley.

The conversation was predictably about transfers, or rather, the lack of them.

Newcastle having now reached the deadline (20 January) Rafa Benitez had set in December for all new signings to have arrived.

Rafa spoke positively after the conference call, saying he had been assured that he would now be backed in the remaining days of the transfer window.

However, mindful of how he has been misled in the last two transfer windows by Mike Ashley, with promises broken, Rafa Benitez also spelled out clearly to fans, media, and indeed Mike Ashley, exactly what the position is….

“We have to be able to compete with these teams who are spending the money.”

Relegation rivals Huddersfield,, Brighton and Stoke have each brought in two players this month already, with indeed Brighton and Huddersfield once again breaking their transfer records, as they also did in the summer.

In the past Mike Ashley ridiculously defended the way he ran by Newcastle United by claiming he couldn’t compete with ‘Sovereign states’.

It isn’t a case of competing with Manchester City in the transfer market BUT Newcastle at the very very least have to be competing with Brighton, Stoke and Huddersfield, or else there is surely only one outcome, even if you have Rafa as manager.

Rafa Benitez:

 “It was really positive the message (in the conference call with Ashley), so we’ll see where we are at the end of the window.

“The targets are there, the prices are there, they (Ashley and Charnley) know the prices (of the players Rafa wants).

“So we are working on it but I don’t know if anything is closer.

“But we do have the green light to bring players in  – that is the positive, that there will be some money spent this month.

“It will be a red light when we get to the end of the transfer window but it is a green light for now.

“We have to believe that we can do what we need to do, right up until January 31.

“We are in contact (with Chelsea for Kenedy) and we know what the situation is, and we have to decide, because everything is a little bit difficult.

“We are waiting now for someone to give us a little lift but I will not talk about numbers (of potential new signings) because I don’t know how many (there will be).

“Sometimes you have a target, you think that you are there…I wanted January 15 or January 20 (for all the signings to have arrived by) because then you have time but…

“We are a little bit under pressure but we’ll try to do our best.

“We have to be able to compete with these teams who are spending the money.”


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