A round up of all of today’s NUFC news and gossip:
Aleksandar Mitrovic has opened up about his struggles under Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United – admitting that both he and the manager had accepted that he ‘couldn’t play’ in his counter attacking side – Full story here.
Despite Achraf Lazaar being included in our 25-man squad for the 2018/19 season, Benitez has confirmed that both he and Rolando Aarons ‘cannot train with us’ – meaning they look set to spend the rest of 2018 with the U-23’s – Full story here.
According to Portuguese outlet O Jogo, Porto ended up paying just £4m to sign former Newcastle United defender Chancel Mbemba over the summer – despite the club initially holding out for £8m – Full story here.
After being withdrawn from Newcastle’s Checktrade Trophy squad ‘at the last minute’, Lee Ryder claims there is now an unnamed Bulgarian club pushing to sign Rolando Aarons on loan – Full story here.
Martin Dubravka has admitted that he’d like to stay at the club for a ‘long time’ – but hints that it’s Rafa Benitez who would persuade him to do so more than anything else – Full story here.
According to The Chronicle’s Chris Waugh, people ‘close to Mike Ashley’ attempted to drum up interest in both the USA and East Asia over the summer – suggesting the club is very much still up for sale – Full story here.
Less than a year after NUFC scouts watched him in CSKA Moscow’s Champions League clash with Benfica, it’s been confirmed that Aaron Olanare has left the Russian giants by ‘mutual consent’ – making him available to sign on a free – Full story here.
Five years after retiring as a player, former Newcastle United flop Jean-Alain Boumsong has now secured his first job in international football – being named as part of Clarence Seedorf’s coaching team with Cameroon – Full story here.
You’d think Mike Ashley forgets he has a world class, Champions League manager in charge of his club – but yesterday’s events should send him a timely reminder of just how lucky he is to have Rafa Benitez – Full story here.
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About Olly Hawkins
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.