Newcastle planning trip to Spain during 21-day break

Newcastle United are still finalising plans for a behind-closed-doors friendly.

Thursday, 8th March 2018, 2:52 pm
Updated Thursday, 8th March 2018, 4:15 pm
Rafa Benitez

The club has a 21-day break after Saturday's Premier League home game against Southampton.

Newcastle are without a game for three weeks because of Tottenham Hotspur's progress in the FA Cup and two rounds of internationals.

The relegation-threatened club will return to action on March 31, when Huddersfield Town visit St James's Park.

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United manager Rafa Benitez wants to maintain his players' fitness during the unwelcome break.

Speaking last week, Benitez said: “We would like to play, maybe, a game, but the teams are playing.

“And then we would like to stay here, but then maybe we have to go and move around so you can guarantee you can play a game. We’re working on that now.

“We want to continue playing competitive games to be sure everybody has match fitness.”

National League club Hartlepool United had enquired about the possibility of playing a game, but Benitez's preference is a short training camp in Spain.

Newcastle would train there and play a behind-closed-doors friendly against an as yet unnamed team.