Rafa Benitez was smiling in the sunshine, almost as though he has seen this all before.

The Newcastle boss back for pre-season training and as well as getting stuck into working with his players, he also spared time for his first pre-season interview.

Ask a stupid question…

Rafa asked what he had been up to this summer….’working!’ was the reply.

He conceded he had been to visit his family in Spain, for a weekend…

As for the transfer window the manager says he has been working hard on that, a transfer window which sees as a ‘difficult’ one.

Talking specifically about Ki Sung-Yueng, Rafa Benitez says that he had to be ‘sure we had an option’ as he knew Mikel Merino was going to be heading out.

His departure to Real Sociedad is expected to be confirmed any time soon, with Rafa saying that he knew La Liga clubs were interested and that his release clause was just waiting to be triggered.

Interesting that when it does finally go through, either Rafa or the player will explain where that move has gone so wrong in such a short space of time.

Rafa Benitez speaking to NUFC TV:

‘How have you spent your summer?’

“As I normally do, working.

“I was in England, in Liverpool, I (also) went to visit my family, a weekend in Spain.

“But the rest of the time in Liverpool, working, working hard.

“Trying to do the same in this difficult transfer window, to work hard and do our best.”

‘You have signed two players, Martin Dubravka and Ki Sung-Yueng?’

“To be fair, we knew about the interest of Spanish teams in Mikel Merino and his release clause, so we were trying to be sure we had an option.

“A player like Ki (Sung-Yueng), a player with quality, with experience in the Premier League.

“So hopefully we can bring the best from him.”



  • TheNutJob

    a difficult transfer window says it all about Newcastle Utd, he`s been let down time and time again by Fatty 🐷 and Penfold 🐩

    • Duh

      Yeah I would say that’s not really what you want to hear.

      There is some promising noises about Kennedy – loan to buy would be great if that frees up funds for this summer.

      The striker is the hard one though, even Rondon wants big money it sounds like.

      • TheNutJob

        strikers going to be the hard one, big bucks required

      • Wezza

        Even if we get Kenedy on loan it won’t free up funds!

        • Duh

          well it would if you are only comparing it to a scenario where we would buy him, hypothetical of course.

    • Jeffrey Arthur

      The only way to hurt a businessman is his pockets and all of us know that but nothing is done, mainly because of the LOVE for THE CLUB we don’t have the heart to do it to hurt the club/players/manager. Mike CAshley won’t stop tormenting Rafa and punishing us with one stone. I can only hope and pray that the geordies will find a way to get this evil owner out as we the rest of the world Toon Army have your back fully. HWTL!!!

  • Leazes.

    Didn’t anyone think about asking him some questions?

    • TheNutJob

      nice one leazes, it never seems to happen, does it

    • Duh

      He was asked where he’s been for his hols

      • TheNutJob

        pretty dumb question when he had photo`s of himself at home in Liverpool on social media, don`t you think

        • Duh

          Yeah, hardly tough, probing journalism

          • TheNutJob

            exactly

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          I’ve a picture of Jo guest on my social media, it doesn’t mean it’s the only place I’ve been.

          • TheNutJob

            It`s timed & dated you idiot, as wor kid says you talk a load of 💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Did Mickylove do well at school? He doesn’t strike me as one of the world’s great thinkers.

          • TheNutJob

            not really, but after 9 years in the Army he could kill you in a heartbeat & not even think about it.

          • Leazes.

            Was he in the catering Corps?

          • TheNutJob

            combat engineer, 2 tours of Helmand, a medical discharge through injuries sustained he`s had 5 operations up to now
            to fix him up

          • Leazes.

            Oh really, crikey…. did he get shot?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            He failed his o’levels you mean

    • Warwick Hunt

      Don’t be silly. They’re ashley’s lapdogs. Not gonna rock the boat are they ?

  • TheFatController

    Some people get to serve their notice on gardening leave, Rafa here admitting his final 12 months will be spent working as usual.

    • Leazes.

      He’s just admitted he’s not in charge I think!

      • TheFatController

        Yep, it’s going to become clear to all, even the apologists, that due to Rafa’s leaving next summer he won’t be allowed to influence this summer’s signings or sales.

        He’ll coach them though – I’d get out of bed to coach them for £6m too, in fairness

  • Warwick Hunt

    So they asked him all of two questions then? Hardly frost /nixon was it ?

    • Leazes.

      It was the club asking the questions!

      • Warwick Hunt

        Maybe it’s my pessimistic nature but rafa seems to be someone who is going through the motions now . I think even he can’t defeat sumo mike.

        • Leazes.

          Yup thats my conclusion too.

          • Jeffrey Arthur

            Like wise! Rafa is a gentlemen to see out his contract to the end. Sadly we’ll have to start all over again hoping for a WC manager and owner. God Blessed Newcastle United and all the Magpies! Cheers Lads & Lasses!! HWTL!!!

          • Dave Pattinson

            Lets all hope that Pardiola finds a job somewhere ASAP.

        • TheFatController

          I think ‘I won’t renew my contract’ translates from Spanish as ‘I won’t be here in 12 months’ time’ sadly …

  • Hughie

    A nothing interview as we, the lifeblood of this daft club, clutch at straws again9

  • TheNutJob

    Engeeerrrrland, bit of Swede bashing today 🔨
    😂😂
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