'It's not difficult' - Benitez delivers positive transfer boost over securing 'great' players
By Russell Edge
Newcastle United manager has said that the Magpies have no problems in convincing British players to sign for the club during transfer negotiations.
The Spanish manager has seen an influx of various nationalities arrive on Tyneside during his time on charge, having secured the services of 17 senior players over his three transfer windows in charge.
Of those, five have come from either England or Scotland, while two, Ciaran Clark and Daryl Murphy, are from the Republic of Ireland.
Benitez says that the history of Newcastle throughout the years means these sort of players know just how big a club they are joining, and hands the Magpies a huge boost in trying to secure their signatures.
He even said that iconic names that have graced the pitch at St James’ Park makes it a draw for the foreign stars, but insists that those joining from overseas must quickly learn that the expectations are high on Tyneside.
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Speaking to the Shields Gazette, he said: “Obviously, a big club has a lot of big players in its history, so it’s really important for us to realise that.
“We try to do it the same way they were doing things as well, and hopefully in my time here, we’ll have more of those great names too. ”
“It’s not difficult to sell the club to British players – they know what’s going on in the league and in England. They know it’s a big club.
“Some of the foreign players, they may know the big names, but it’s important for them to realise from the moment they join that they are working for a massive club and they have to be sure that they’re doing things right on the pitch.”
Aside from British and Irish players, Benitez has shown a tendency to sign players who are either fellow Spaniards or have been playing in Spain, with five fitting the bill.
The club will be hoping to improve on their six new arrivals over the summer during the January transfer window, with Benitez having voiced his frustrations at the club’s inability to secure his top targets prior to the market shutting at the end of August.
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