Newcastle United news: Benitez talks transfers, Janmaat exclusive

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Newcastle United kick off their Championship campaign at Craven Cottage tonight.

Rafa Benitez's side take on Fulham in a televised fixture.

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Benitez appointed 22-year-old Jamaal Lascelles as club captain this week.

And the defender has revealed the captaincy "test" he had to pass to get the armband.

Benitez has also told the story behind the decision to hand the No9 jersey to Dwight Gayle ahead of Aleksandar Mitrovic.

A number of the club's summer signings will make their debuts at Craven Cottage, though Mohamed Diame and Ciaran Clark won't feature.

And Benitez has been speaking about the rationale behind the club's decision to buy British in the transfer market.

The Spaniard has also contrasted this pre-season and that a year ago at former club Real Madrid.

Benitez explains Florian Thauvin's loan return to Olympique Marseille here.

Finally, writer Miles Starforth has an exclusive interview with defender Daryl Janmaat.