Benitez talks takeovers, Townsend and team news ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Crystal Palace

Rafa Benitez has been speaking to the media today in his weekly press conference ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Crystal Palace to St. James’ Park.

Here are some of the key points to take from the gaffers pre-match presser today:

  • Rafa confirms Dwight Gayle is OUT of the game against his former club with a ‘little problem’ with his calf – Haidara is back in training & Dummett remains sidelined
  • Benitez admits he wanted to keep Andros Townsend at NUFC but reveals that he left following our relegation last summer because the Premier League is ‘sometimes too attractive for players’.
  • He did not play down the importance of this week’s takeover news, but reiterated his desire to focus on matters on the pitch – saying it’s the only thing we can control (Spot on Rafa!).
  • He then confirmed he’s spoken to Lee Charnley today about the ‘rumours’ and ‘comments’ on the takeover, but said that was all, stating that Charnley ‘knows his idea’.
  • Regarding a potential takeover, Benitez admits the club has ‘massive potential’, but he’s only focusing on three points tomorrow, saying good performances on the pitch will only help attract a potential new buyer.
  • Rafa then touched on tomorrow’s opponents Crystal Palace, stating they create chances and have been ‘unlucky’ with results. He feels it will be a ‘difficult’ game and one we must ‘pressure’ them in.

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Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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