Newcastle United news: Benitez faces media ahead of Fulham, Thauvin returns to Marseille

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez will face the media this afternoon ahead of Newcastle United's season-opener against Fulham.

Benitez is holding his pre-match Press conference ahead of Friday night's game at Craven Cottage.

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United today revealed that Florian Thauvin had returned to Olympique Marseille on a season-long loan a year after the club paid £12million for him.

The French club has an "obligation" to buy him at the end of the loan.

Newcastle also confirmed that Jamaal Lascelles will be club captain this season.

Matt Ritchie

Matt Ritchie

And Lascelles, 22, has been talking about his "pride" at being handed the skipper's armband.

Benitez has also revealed the magic number at United as the club looks to add to its eight summer signings and outlined his stance on unsettled midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

We also have an update on Newcastle's interest in Brighton and Hove Albion winger Anthony Knockaert.

And summer signing Matt Ritchie has explained his decision to swap Premier League football with Bournemouth for a Championship campaign at United.