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Sport Rafael Benitez has no regrets over selling Mitrovic

15:35  14 september  2018
15:35  14 september  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Jenas claims Benitez won't walk away from Newcastle

  Jenas claims Benitez won't walk away from Newcastle Former Newcastle midfielder and football pundit Jermaine Jenas doesn’t think Rafa Benitez will walk away from the club. Newcastle haven’t enjoyed the most successful of starts to the season, with the club current sat in the relegation zone with just one point from their opening four Premier League games. Benitez is understandably frustrated, in part with Mike Ashley for failing to deliver upon certain promises such as delivering transfer funds, having declared before the season’s start that he dreams of managing a Magpies side that could fight for more than simply survival. Having wanted to be smarter in the transfer market this summer, Benitez’ plans didn’t exactly come to fruition, and the Spaniard now faces an uphill battle to ensure the club remain in the top flight. When questioned about whether he thought Benitez would eventually grow tired of that prospect and leave the club, Jenas had this to say, as quoted by Chronicle Live. “Look, Premier League jobs don’t come easy and he’s got one. There are plenty of managers out there who haven’t and are chomping at the bit to get one. I don’t see him walking away or the club sacking him because I don’t think they can – he is key to this team staying in the Premier League.” “The thing with that [style of play adopted against Man City] is that Rafa is that type of manager – where ever he’s been, that has been his style; that is how he likes to manage a club. I don’t think it’s just down to personnel.” “The Cardiff result is disappointing but it’s been as tough a start as possible. There have been some positive things in that start. I don’t think it’s all doom and gloom for Newcastle United FC.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has revealed he has no regrets after selling Aleksandar Mitrovic on a permanent basis in the summer.

Football.London report that Benitez is happy with his decision despite the striker being joint-top scorer in the Premier League at this early stage of the season.

Mitrovic impressed whilst on loan at the Cottage last season, scoring 16 goals between the start of February and the end of the season and winning two player of the month awards in the process.

His performances were enough to convince manager Slavisa Jokanovic to sanction a £22m permanent move for the forward, and that fee could rise to £27m.

Chelsea eyeing up Mitrovic swoop

  Chelsea eyeing up Mitrovic swoop Chelsea are eyeing up a swoop for Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in the January transfer window. According to The Mirror, Chelsea are considering a move for Mitrovic in the next window as they look to strengthen their attacking options. Mitrovic joined Fulham in the summer from Newcastle for a fee believed to be in the region of £22m. This came after he spent the second half of last season on loan to Fulham in the Championship. The striker scored 12 times in 15 Championship appearances as he helped the side to earn promotion to the Premier League. Since their promotion, Mitrovic has scored four top-flight goals in five games and has heavily impressed. Chelsea have seen his form for Fulham over the course of 2018 and are considering an offer. The report also claims that some teams in Serie A are tracking Mitrovic ahead of possible moves for the Serbian international.

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Mitrovic has scored in away trips to Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton and Hove Albion and scored a brace in the club’s emphatic 4-2 victory over Burnley this campaign.

That puts him top of the scoring charts alongside Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, and the Serb will be keen to add to his numbers at Manchester City tomorrow.

On Mitrovic, Benitez said:

“The first thing that I would say is that I wish him all the best. I didn’t have any problem with him. He was a professional. He’s a nice lad, and that’s it. He was very clear (and said) ‘the way that I play, maybe, is not the way we have to play’. In another environment, in another division, and now with confidence, fine, he’s doing well.”

“He’s in another team and it’s totally different. He had chances for us. He was playing more than Murphy, and Murphy was similar. You see the stats, but I will not waste too much time on that. I wish him well. If we are safe, they can be safe, no problem. For us, he was not the kind of player we were looking for. That’s it.”

Newcastle could do with the 23-year-old’s goals, having only scored three times in four Premier League matches to date.

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Newcastle refuse to host talks for Benitez replacement .
Newcastle are refusing to entertain agents offering their clients as potential Rafa Benitez replacements in a bid to keep the Spaniard beyond the current season, according to Mirror Online. The Magpies boss is under contract until June, and with promises over transfer budgets and signings not having been kept in the past, many speculate that the former Real Madrid man Benitez will walk once his contract expires. However, despite owner Mike Ashley being embroiled in a stand-off with Benitez, the club are said to be keen on extending his time with the Tyneside club. With a key meeting over Benitez’ potential long-term future at the club fast approaching, Newcastle chiefs have refused to entertain any discussions over potential replacements. Benitez is said to be considering his options, with the 58-year old only willing to commit to Newcastle if the club can make guarantees over proper investment in the playing squad, the academy and upgrades at the training ground.

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