Rafa Benitez tight-lipped after Newcastle open their pre-season campaign with a win

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez and Hearts head coach Ian Cathro
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez and Hearts head coach Ian Cathro

Rafa Benitez kept his counsel after Newcastle United opened their pre-season campaign with a win.

Benitez’s side beat Scottish Premiership club Heart of Midlothian 2-1 at Tynecastle last night.

Dwight Gayle netted two first-half goals to get the club’s warm-up campaign off to a winning start.

The build-up to the game had been dominated by headlines surrounding United’s summer recruitment.

Newcastle had an £8million bid for Jacob Murphy rejected by Norwich City earlier in the week.

Benitez is understood to be frustrated at what he feels is a lack of early progress in the transfer market.

And United’s manager did not speak to journalists after the game, though he did an interview with the club’s website.

Benitez, however, is expected to speak to the media during the club’s week-long training camp in Dublin.

Newcastle’s next game is against Preston North End at Deepdale on July 22.

Meanwhile, Tim Krul and Karl Darlow didn’t travel to Edinburgh.

The pair face uncertain futures at Newcastle given that Benitez is looking to sign another goalkeeper.

And it remains to be seen whether Benitez takes all his goalkeepers to Carlton House, Co Kildare for the training camp.

Benitez took Rob Elliot and Freddie Woodman to Tynecastle.

Elliot started the match, and Woodman, England’s Under-20 World Cup hero, came off the bench in the second half.

Krul is back at the club after a year spent on loan at AZ Alkmaar and Ajax, while Darlow was the subject of an unsuccessful £5million bid from Middlesbrough this week.