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2nd Aug 2018

Rafael Benitez “really worried” about Newcastle United’s season

The Newcastle manager hoping for investment before the new campaign begins

Newcastle United finished in the top half of the Premier League last season although it appears that they might struggle to replicate this twelve months down the line.

Rafael Benitez cuts an increasingly exasperated figure following the club’s inability to land the signature of Salomon Rondon, with the Tyneside club unable to meet West Brom’s £16.5 million release clause.

Following Wednesday’s 4-0 friendly defeat against Braga, Benitez suggested that there was plenty wrong at the club, with Mike Ashley continuing to own the club despite having ambitions to sell.

“When things are not going well off the pitch you can see a reflection on the pitch,” said Benítez.

When asked whether he was referring to recruitment he replied: “Everything – I’m really worried.”

With regard to being asked whether deals were close he said: “I have no idea. The fans have to be concerned, we are concerned. I’m really worried.

“We can talk [he and Newcastle managing director Charnley] and be close [to making signings] but after we are not so close,” he said. “I think we still need three or four players.”