As reported by the Chronicle, Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has spoken about reports saying that Mike Ashley is interfering with Benitez’s January plans.
When asked about the situation, Benitez said: “I am not worried, I am working and trying to do the right things for us.
“My priority is to be sure that the team is strong enough to compete from now until the end of the season. I will do that until the last day of the transfer window and after that I will coach the team until the end of the season. I don’t have any problem with that.
“I will try now until the end of the window to do what I have to do. And after that it will be just coaching.”
However, when asked who had the final say on transfers, Benitez added: “It doesn’t change anything. It’s a tricky question.
“The final say is something simple to say, what I need is to have the list of players we want to sign. It’s not a problem.
“We are working very hard and hopefully we will sign what we need and hopefully we will get what we need.”
“It’s not the case our team is below the average age in the division. I like to sign young players and develop. I am confident we can sign the players we need.”