Benitez admits Newcastle are not good enough following FA Cup exit

Benitez admits Newcastle are not good enough following FA Cup exit

Benitez admits Newcastle are not good enough following FA Cup exit

Newcastle United have reignited their interest in AS Monaco left-back Antonio Barreca after a proposed loan move for SS Lazio's Jordan Lukaku fell through.

"When I say I believe in all my squad, it's because I believe in all my squad, and, in games like today, it's important to show all of them are working really well".

Perhaps more concerningly, they also claim that Benitez did have a clause in his contract where he would have had to pay Newcastle £6m himself if he walked out on the club - but it has now expired.

"Newcastle United can confirm that Jordan Lukaku will not be joining the club".

And all parties are closing on sealing the deal, with Lukaku having slept at a Newcastle hotel last night after arriving in the English city.

"We have to be better and we will try to be better".

Whether two loan signings will satisfy him will depend on whether they are good enough to improve the team.

Kenedy and Salomon Rondon are both now on loan with the club but neither has an option to buy at the end of their time with the Magpies. We just want to see another game so we can do our best and win the next game. "We put a team on the pitch that could win, we didn't do it and that proved that we have to just concentrate on one competition".

He said: "The way that we play against these teams, we have scored goals against some of them and other teams who have been very offensive and playing expansive football, they haven't scored. Yes, I think so". "They try their best, we try our best and if I make mistakes, we have more chances to lose; if I am right, we have more chances to get points and then stay up".

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