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Rafa Benitez confirms 7 players unavailable and asked if January transfers have been difficult…”I don’t know, I don’t do the deals”

8 months ago
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Rafa Benitez has met the media on Monday lunchtime.

The Newcastle boss speaking to reporters ahead of Man City on Tuesday night.

Rafa saying ‘I don’t know’ when asked about the possibilities of players still being signed this month, whilst when quizzed on whether this had been a difficult time to bring signings in, he responded: ‘I don’t know, I don’t do the deals.’

As if we didn’t know already, obviously things in a desperate state still behind the scenes when it comes to any credible support from Mike Ashley.

No doubt Rafa Benitez will feel even more justified in having left Salomon Rondon out on Saturday, as he revealed ‘replacement’ Joselu is now out injured after the defeat by Watford.

The thought of having Joselu playing against Man City would have just been the final straw for many Newcastle fans.

The manager also confirmed that midfielders Shelvey, Ki and Diame are all still out, so Longstaff and Hayden once again look certain to play.

In total seven players aren’t available to play the reigning champions, as Muto is still on international duty, whilst Darlow and Dummett are also still out injured.

Rafa Benitez press conference ahead of Man City at home:

Rafa Benitez asked if Newcastle still active in transfer market?:

“Yes.”

Asked if still hopeful of signings?

“I don’t know.”

When asked about the Jordan Lukaku deal not happening:

“I will not talk about transfers.”

Is this a difficult window to do transfers?:

“I don’t know, I don’t do the deals.”

FA Cup exit:

“We were disappointed (to go out of the FA Cup) but we have to concentrate on a very, very difficult game (against Man City).”

Tuesday night’s match:

“When you play against Man City, you have to forget (about the cup) and make sure you do the right things on the pitch.

“The midfielders are still very close (to returning), but not ready for this game, so it’s more or less the same.

“The only one we have lost is Joselu, with a twisted ankle.

“No (Jonjo) Shelvey, no Ki (Sung-yueng), no (Mohamed) Diame, no Dummett either. Darlow is getting better and he will be fine later this week.

“I’m confident that we can do well (against Man City) but at the same time, we have to do everything perfect to have a chance.

“If you analyse the way they can play, they have three or four of the fastest players in the Premier League.

“They won the title because they’re a very good team.

“They have everything but we’ll try to use our strengths.”

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