Rafa Benitez is talking to the media today ahead of the first friendly of the season tonight.
Newcastle lay St Patrick’s Athletic after a week of pre-season training once again at Carton House in County Kildare.
Last summer, it was on the trip to Carton House when the manager first spoke out about his transfer window frustrations, wondering if Mike Ashley would keep his transfer window ‘promises’ that were made after promotion was secured.
Moving 12 months later, Rafa Benitez hasn’t talked about broken promises (so far…) but what he has had to say is pretty grim.
The United boss was talking to Keith Downie who covers Newcastle United for Sky Sports.
Downie asked if Rafa had to sell before he could buy, the Spaniard replying ‘I think it’s normal for us now to be like that…unfortunately we wheel and deal, it’s the way for us.’
Referring to how much he has to spend (if anything!) before selling on current players, Rafa Benitez stated: ‘We have to be realistic with our budget, maybe sell some players and then buy some players.’
Last summer the manager said he couldn’t even compete with Brighton and Huddersfield when it comes to wages and transfer fee, as for competing for players now…’As soon as the price goes high I know we can’t buy them (players).’
Rafa Benitez isn’t talking about broken promises but I think we can all see that he must be absolutely furious with the situation, which is totally unacceptable.
Little wonder he refuses to sign a new contract as Mike Ashley still undermines him.
The one positive is that Rafa Benitez is confident of getting a new striker.
However, even on that front, you have to ask just who that forward might be and just how far down his list of preferences that will be?
We did buy a new striker last summer but the last thing Newcastle need now is another bargain basement Joselu, no matter how hard working he might be, without the talent/goals it would be pointless if not an upgrade on the current situation.
Keith Downie via his Twitter account:
Chat with Rafa Benitez at Newcastle’s training camp in Dublin.
“Rafa, are you under the impression you have to sell before you can buy?”
“Yeah, maybe. I think it’s normal for us now to be like that. Unfortunately we wheel and deal – it’s the way for us.”
More from Rafa on transfers (or lack of):
“As soon as the price goes high I know we can’t buy them (players).
“We have to be realistic with our budget, maybe sell some players and then buy some players. We have to adapt; we know the situation.”
Rafa Benitez confident he’ll hold on to both Ritchie & Hayden before the transfer window closes.
“To do a transfer, too many things have to happen at the same time,” he says.
Rafa Benitez says it’s a matter of “when – and not if” Newcastle buy a new striker. Working hard and confident of getting one in before the window closes.