Rafa Benitez confirms Mike Ashley has told him the Newcastle takeover isn’t happening
Rafa Benitez has taken his pre-Manchester City press conference on Friday afternoon.
Newcastle takeover talk was bound to be a topic of conversation and the journalists were not disappointed.
Rafa Benitez revealing that Mike Ashley had personally told him that the ‘takeover would not go through’.
This week has seen constant claims put forward by both sides via the media.
The only thing that is 100% clear is that the two sides are far apart on any agreement and if anything is to happen, it will be after Premier League safety is secured.
Rafa Benitez pre-Manchester City press conference:
“Now all these things are in the media but I was talking with Mike Ashley before, he told me that the takeover will not go through (in January).
“Since then, we have been working on our targets in the transfer window. It (no takeover) doesn’t change anything for me.
“We have three or four names (of players Rafa would like to sign) and the club has the names.
“It’s just to be sure we sign the players.
“And they know they (Ashley and his minions) can do it because they know the prices of the players too.
“When I was talking to Mike Ashley, he told me the takeover would not go through.
“We are doing what we have to do in this transfer window and preparing for the (Man City) game.
“In terms of training, nothing changes.
“In terms of the transfer window, we have targets, we have names and we are trying to progress.
“There are a lot of names in the press. The position is that we had a meeting, we know what we need and the club will try to sign those players.
“After the last game (v Man City), I said I have to do the best for my team.
“We will try to score goals and we will have to defend well at the same time. We will do our best for sure.
“We don’t have any pressure. We know Man City are a good team, they are top of the table.
“We have to do our job and get points if we can.
“We had chances (against Swansea), especially in the first half. We have to take our chances.
“We have to score more goals if we want to win.
“Our fans don’t need any message from me. They have been fantastic all season.
“We will have a lot in Manchester and they will support the team. We have to be united.”
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