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Rafa Benitez admits Groundhog Day – Waiting to hear Mike Ashley’s plans/ambitions and what transfer budget?

4 years ago

Rafa Benitez has been speaking to the media on Friday afternoon.

The manager preparing for the game at Everton which is still three days away.

The Newcastle boss having accomplished phase two, ensuring Premier League safety.

With 41 points and 10th position with five games to play, Rafa Bentez is in an incredibly strong position in terms of knowing his own worth.

Whilst he talked about the Everton match, it was his quotes about next season and what needs to happen before that, which dominated what he said.

Yet again, Rafa admitted he is still waiting to find out what ambitions Mike Ashley has for the club this summer/next season (including no doubt whether the club is likely to be sold), plus once more, the Newcastle Manager points to the difficulties of planning for transfers when he has no idea of what transfer budget there will be.

With it only being 23 days until the season ends, Rafa Benitez clearly deserves to have those answers ASAP.

Rafa Benitez:

“When I came, I could see the potential of this massive club and the passion of the fans.

“After two successful seasons, I can feel this passion, the ambitions of the fans.

“My idea now is to sit down with the club and see if the club has these same ambitions.

“Do they share the same vision (as me)?

“I hope to do it (talk and find out Mike Ashley’s position) soon.

“We have to talk about (which) players (to target as soon as possible) but that is difficult to know…if you don’t know how much you have to spend.

“That depends on the ambitions of the board (Mike Ashley).

“I want to be at least in the top 10 (with Newcastle) and then win trophies…be it FA Cup, League Cup, or Europa League.

“There is so much money in football now.

“Everyone wants to win quickly and with no patience.

“You have to have a plan and stick with it – you will have more chance to do well.

“My position now is the same.”


We have games to play and I want to make sure we have a good team to play against Everton.

“We try to win every game – to get three points in every game.

“Leicester was an example and we knew it would be a difficult day.

“But if we do things in the right way, we can beat anyone.

“Everything is fine apart from Atsu has a little problem with his knee, we don’t want to take any risk with any player.

“It is the time to make sure everybody is fit for now and next season.

“Everton will be a tough game with a difficult team.

“They have some good players and in front of their fans, they will want to give everything.

“It is important to stay calm and no complacency.

We go to Everton with respect and will try to get three points again.”

Arsene Wenger:

“I have been talking well about him for a while.

“To do things in the way that he has done and win the way he was winning, for so many years… we are talking about one of the best managers in football history.

(Being linked with Arsenal job) “It is a massive club but my position is that we have games to play and I concentrate on them.

“It is not time to talk about that (Arsenal job).”

Jonjo Shelvey:

“He has been doing really well in the last month.

“He still has room to improve but he has the potential, the quality to be consistent on and off the pitch.

“I don’t want to put the England manager under pressure.

Jonjo is doing well and for me, as his manager, yes – he could be there (in Russia).

“If they need to talk with me, they can do it, but I think they know Jonjo really well.”


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