Rafa Benitez: I’m anxious about Newcastle

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It's an honour to be here, and I'm excited to get started with my team mates. Salomon has been in the Premier League for a while, and he knows how demanding it is.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has revealed he is anxious about the progress the club are making throughout the summer transfer window.

The Venezuelan global becomes Newcastle's sixth summer signing following the arrivals of Martin Dubravka, Kenedy, Ki Sung-yueng, Fabian Schar and Yoshinori Muto.

Every top flight club must assist the Premier League's host broadcasters as they gather video footage ahead of the new campaign.

As reported by Sportsmail over the weekend, manager Benitez had quickly grown frustrated over Newcastle's lack of activity in the market.

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And Alisson insists he will be 100 per cent ready by the time the Reds kick off their new campaign. "We will see who can start against Napoli ".

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When pushed on if he knew of any deals happening anytime soon, Benitez said: "I have no idea".

Benitez is particularly frustrated at Newcastle's failure to meet Rondón's £16.5mn release clause but the striker is almost 29 and Ashley does not like signing players over 26 because he feels they become depreciating assets. "We'll see where we are and we will fight until the last minute, trying to improve the squad first then after that the team". It's a pity that after two months we are talking about the last five days.

Benitez is a practised politician but he sounds at the end of his tether, with his latest complaints running much deeper than merely being a case of a manager putting pressure on his board before the closure of a transfer window.

"So if you're taking that stand, you have to be very conscious of what you are doing, and what you are trying to do is publicly force the owner into spending more money".

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