Newcastle Boss Rafa Benitez Hints at January Moves for Midfield & Defensive Reinforcements

Mike Ashley had the chance to sell Newcastle to Sheikh Mansour but ‘didn’t want to deal with him’ it has been claimedMore

Mike Ashley had the chance to sell Newcastle to Sheikh Mansour but ‘didn’t want to deal with him’ it has been claimedMore

The billionaire was absent from Newcastle fixtures for 16 months, before appearing at their draw at Crystal Palace on 22 September.

Mr Ashley refused to meet a potential buyer who went on to purchase Manchester City Football Club.
"We have to stay calm and be sure we continue working in this way, because we will win games if we play like that". Normally, in all the teams I have been, we used to have some kind of dinner with the owner or the president.

As expected, the Magpies have struggled this season having failed to bring in any big name signings over the summer due to a lack of funding from Ashley.

It is claimed that Newcastle's squad will be given an end-of-season holiday and bonuses if they are to avoid finishing in the bottom three, with the club now sitting in 18th place with two points from five matches. Atsu, 26, has made only five appearances for Newcastle United so far this season in all competitions.

'It was a great game we did really well, had two or three situations on the counter attack, ' he said.

He said: "It's hard because a lot of players are involved in Europe and it will not be easy for us to bring them here".

Mourinho's downward spiral at Old Trafford seems endless, with poor results threatening his job, whilst the woeful atmosphere amongst the players has created added pressure.

While takeover talks and discontent towards Mike Ashley rumble on behind the scenes, Rafael Benitez is keen to bolster his squad and The Chronicle states that the club are exploring the possibility of signing loanees Kenedy and Salomon Rondon on a permanent basis. We had a normal meeting like every Monday, watching the clips and the videos of what we did right and what we did wrong.

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