An unsurprisingly slightly subdued Rafa Benitez met the media on Tuesday lunchtime.

There to supposedly discuss the Burnley match, it was always a foregone conclusion that the United boss was going to be quizzed about the January transfer window which closes just over an hour after the final whistle at tomorrow night’s match.

Rafa Benitez refused to discuss the failure to sign Daniel Sturridge, whilst he did though rubbish headlines today that claimed Mikel Merino was being offered to clubs in Spain.

He predictably played a straight bat overall, yet again going down the line that there is still ‘time’ to bring players in and he is ‘confident we can do something’.

Each time he says that many journalists take the Newcastle Manager literally, as if he is really ‘confident’ transfers will happen. The reality of course is that he doesn’t want or need the distraction of the story all being about his unhappiness with lack of transfers, when talking ahead of such a vital game.

If signings aren’t made, then I think we will hear a very different story when Rafa talks to the media after that Burnley game.

Saying there is still time, is of course also reminding everybody that Mike Ashley still has the chance to belatedly back his manager.

As for players leaving Newcastle potentially, Rafa Benitez says that ‘two or three players’ are in talks with other clubs, but that they will only leave if he is allowed to bring in some of his targets.

As for Kenedy, Rafa claims he doesn’t know yet whether he will make his debut against Burnley, but the Newcastle boss is so detailed in his preparations, he will surely know whether he intends to play him. The answer on that one must surely be yes.

Rafa Benitez pre-Burnley press conference:

“We have some time and I am confident we can do something. We have an important game tomorrow. I will not talk about the window, I will focus on the game.

“We are in the bottom half of the table so we know it will be tough. We can still compete. It is always difficult but we are doing our job and we will wait and see what happens.

“A lot of managers agree the transfer window has to close before the games. Every game for us is important. This is the first one so it is the most important.

“The players are training and some of them know that their future is going one way or another. The rest are concentrating on the game.

“We have two or three players talking with clubs at the moment but it depends on if we can get some players in.

“This team is competitive and they try their best in every single game. That is something that is guaranteed. I think the fans appreciate that.

“The players have to be professional and think about the game. You have to make changes if you want to have fresh legs.

Burnley are a good team. They are organised and they know what to do to get points. We will have to do well and we are confident that we can do it.

“In the end, it’s the Premier League so home or away, the rivals are strong. We will try to get three points.

“Kenedy is in the squad. He is one of the options. Maybe he has a chance but we are yet to decide. He has quality, he knows the league.”

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Guest 2 please note the words on Kenedy. He has quality he knows the league so
    in affect you have not only called me a moron but Rafa too you blokes are some supporters. Good to see Rafa up beat unlike the walking dead on here.

    • FatParosite

      buzz buzz

    • FatParosite

      In lieu of Guest 2 calling you a moron, I don’t know of too many people on £7.50 an hour for KBA or even McDonalds that would be touting high Mensa scores.

    • JonMag

      you are a [email protected]@king moron, you should have been strangled at birth.
      you`re most likely a burst blob baby or a Broon ale one, take your pick

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Guest 2 says Kenedy has no experience in the premier league Rafa says he knows the league well as does Monkseaton Magpies. I rest my case this site is full of people who hate the club at all costs.

        • TheFatController

          I think his knowledge of the PL comes from watching it from the subs bench or with his mates in the stand whilst injured.

          It is not, however, knowledge gained from being on the field when games KO.

          So I presume his knowledge depends on which above view you see as qualifying as ‘knowledge’…

        • Ram Kishore

          You are worse than Clarko and

        • Ram Kishore

          No they just dislike few people who are blinded and irrational like u

      • Ram Kishore

        What was comment about?? It seems deleted

  • mactoon

    Just one correction, I believe Rafa did not say we CAN compete. I think he said “We are near the bottom of the table but WE MUST TRY TO COMPETE. We will wait and see what happens.” That’s not half as confident

  • Pozz Mozz

    Fernando Torres it is then..

    • Paul Patterson

      I’d take that right about now . .

      • Peaky Magpie

        And we are red hot favourites for Hoss 2….Sandro.

        • robbersdog

          Actually, Sandro is a very good player, and I reckon he could’ve been a big success had he joined us instead of Everton.

          He was messed up by Koeman who destroyed his confidence before the guy had even begun his Everton career, and I think that Rafa, a fellow Spaniard, would’ve handled him completely differently.

          • Peaky Magpie

            It may suit all parties all around if it happens then….it won’t…..saying that Fat Sham & a stuffed brown envelope….

          • GToon

            Like he has done with Mitrovic? Lol.

          • robbersdog

            Mitro was sub-standard long before Rafa became manager. Or hadn’t you noticed?

    • StevieB

      I’d snap ya hand off for him now

  • Peaky Magpie

    May as well play Kenedy up front,nowt to lose and can’t be any worse than we’ve already got…

  • Geordiegiants

    There is still a chance the fat sweaty bstard has a heart attack and chokes on a pie.