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Newcastle dismiss claims Benitez is ready to walk away from north east club

Date Posted,June 30, 2017

Newcastle United sources have dismissed claims that manager Rafael Benitez is ready to walk away from the north east club just days before the players return for the start of pre-season training.

United staff and officials are expecting to see the Spanish coach back at the club’s Benton training ground on Monday morning as he prepares the club for a big return to Premier League action.

Benitez and his backroom staff have been frustrated by the lack of transfer activity that has taken place at the north east club during the summer.

But Benitez is hoping to see new players through the door in due course and, as reported on Chronicle Live , United have thrashed out a revised action plan after missing out on a clutch of initial targets.

Rafael Benitez got the best out of his Newcastle players last season (Photo: PA)

It is believed that Newcastle have identified which positions urgently need to be filled and the Magpies are working with a host of representatives to make sure Benitez has new players to work with in good time for pre-season training.

One of United’s main issues is that their current squad is too big and they need to trim down a squad of up to 35 players to 25 in time for September 1.

Yet despite a report in the Sun today that Benitez is serious about walking away, United sources have played down such talk and the Toon manager is said to have held talks on new players with managing director Lee Charnley on Friday.

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