Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Benitez admits he has grown frustrated with the transfer business

Hugo Lloris Hugo Lloris
Clarence Duncan | 11 August, 2017, 01:51

Newcastle begin their Premier League campaign at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

"I am not happy [with transfer dealings] but for me it is a challenge", he told Sky Sports.

He could be set to join the plethora of youngsters out on loan from the Premier League champions, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Abraham and Izzy Brown among those doing so in the top flight.

"For me, I'm not totally happy with what we did, but I will try to do my best, working very hard with people at the club to try and improve what we have at the moment". For the players it must be the same. "We must have a game plan and try and stick to it".

But Benitez is unhappy that other Newcastle targets have been missed although he admitted that it has been hard. "It's not what you want, it's what you need".

But while Perez is of interest to Newcastle, Benitez says the club will have to sell players before being able to bring in any more signings. Everything is a little more hard. "We will continue to fight because the truth is that he [Perez] is looking forward to joining us".

"When I chose to stay for me it was a challenge", he said.

Spanish ace Lucas Perez is surplus to requirements following a frustrating season at the Emirates Stadium after signing from Deportivo La Coruna, where he struggled to earn regular opportunities within the Gunners first-team.

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer believes it's not guaranteed that manager Rafael Benitez will be at the club when Christmas arrives.

"It has been a frustrating summer for him [Benitez]", Shearer said.

Owner Mike Ashley - who had promised Benitez "every last penny" the club generated through promotion and player sales in May - wants to see movement out of St James's Park. I don't know if that has been the case.

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