Newcastle United news: Benitez faces media ahead of Preston, Atsu 'honoured' to play for club

Rafa Benitez will face the media this afternoon ahead of Newcastle United's visit to Deepdale.

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Benitez's Championship leaders take on Preston North End tomorrow – four days after beating Simon Grayson's side 6-0 in the EFL Cup.

For news and updates from Benitez's 1pm Press conference, follow our live blog here.

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Christian Atsu, signed on a season-long loan from Chelsea, has been talking about the game and his move to Tyneside.

The winger yesterday met children at a Newcastle United Foundation soccer school in Gosforth and spoke about his charity work in his native Ghana.

Benitez, meanwhile, has spoken about the immediate future of Cheick Tiote, who had been expected to leave club in the summer.

Forward Ayoze Perez also has a message for his team-mates ahead of the club's visit to Deepdale.

Finally, we have the latest betting odds ahead of the fixture.

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