Rafa Benitez explains his decision to leave Tim Krul, Achraf Lazaar and Emmanuel Riviere in Newcastle

Newcastle's Achraf Lazaar.
Newcastle's Achraf Lazaar.

Rafa Benitez has explained his decision to leave three senior players out of his squad for Newcastle United’s training camp.

Benitez didn’t take Tim Krul, Achraf Lazaar and Emmanuel Riviere to Ireland.

Chancel Mbemba also stayed behind on Tyneside along with Adam Armstrong – who has joined Bolton Wanderers on loan – because of a “visa technicality”.

Krul, Lazaar and Riviere are “available” for transfer.

Asked about the trio’s futures, Benitez said: “Some of them players we left are available – it depends on the offer.

“We have to adjust (the squad). Some will leave, some will stay. But everyone (on the fringe) is available – if the price is right.

Some of the players we left are available, it depends on the offer.

Rafa Benitez

“Hopefully, when we go back we will have offers for different players, but my the priority for me is football and maximising the time with the players.”

Benitez is looking to sign another goalkeeper this summer. However, some fans have questioned why United’s manager is prioritising that position when he has longstanding No 1 Krul, Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot and Freddie Woodman at the club.

Some of those players who travelled to Ireland, including Darlow, Daryl Murphy, Grant Hanley, Jack Colback and Henri Saivet, also face uncertain futures at St James’s Park.

Benitez is looking to add to his transfer kitty by moving a clutch of players out of the club.

Asked if it was important to move players on, Benitez said: “It will help.

“But even without that, still we have enough money to do what we wanted to do.”