Rafa Benitez: Newcastle transfers are affected by Euro 16

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez says the European Championships is making life difficult when it comes to transfer business – but insists progress has been positive.

Benitez has been working alongside managing director Lee Charnley as he looks to build a squad capable of getting Newcastle out of the Championship at the first attempt.

That includes looking at which players he wants to keep, as well as potential signings, with midfielder Moussa Sissoko having admitted this week he wants to quit the club.

The Toon boss says he won’t be forced into selling any player, and is geared up to ‘making the squad stronger than it is at the moment’

Benitez said: “What me and Lee are focused on is making sure we keep and build a very strong squad for the Championship so that we can compete well and get back into the Premier League the season after.

“We don’t have to sell, that is clear, unless we think it is the right thing to do for the club and for the squad.

“But also the level of performance that the team showed at the end of the season makes me feel sure that we have already the basis of a good team for next season.

“I can assure fans that the business we are doing at the moment and that we will be doing over the next few weeks is all aimed at making the squad stronger than it is at the moment.

“We are very busy and things are very positive.

“The Euros makes things a bit difficult for every club, but as soon we can announce things about the squad we will tell our supporters.”