Read the transcript of Rafa Benitez's extraordinary press conference after Newcastle's defeat to Braga

Rafa Benitez gave an extraordinary press conference after Newcastle United's defeat to Braga.

Thursday, 2nd August 2018, 6:35 am
Updated Thursday, 2nd August 2018, 8:28 am
Rafa Benitez.

Benitez's side were beaten 4-0 by the Portuguese side last night.

And United's manager laid bare his frustrations at a lack of transfer activity after the game in an explosive press conference.

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What are your reflections on the game?

"It was a bad game. I don't think it's a good way to play 10 days before the start of the season. We have to realise that we cannot make these mistakes. When things are not going well off the pitch, you can see a reflection on the pitch."

When you say things aren't going well off the pitch, are you referring to recruitment?


Is anything close?

"I have no idea."

The players didn't talk after the game, why?

"When things are not going well off the pitch, you can see a reflection. We were making too many mistakes."

How concerned are you with one week left of the transfer window?

"I'm really worried. We will try to change things in the next 10 days. I don't know how. We will try to do our best."

Are you speaking to Lee Charnley every day?


Can you give an update on incoming signings?

"We can talk and be close, but after we are not so close."

Is there any money to spend?

"I have no idea."

Can you give us an update on Salomon Rondon?


Fans will be concerned...

"They have to be concerned. We are concerned."

Do you expect any more signings?

"Maybe. Maybe not.

How many players do you need?

"Still, I think we need three or four players."

Will Dwight Gayle stay at the club?

"It seems that he will stay."