Benitez hopes for more signings: The squad isn’t good enough yet

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Rafa Benitez

Rafael Benitez has urged his board at Newcastle United to sign new players for the new season before the transfer window closes its door on August 9. According to the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss, the Magpies are not on the level he wants them to be.

“Is the current squad good enough for what we need? I don’t think so,” Benitez said after the pre-season game against Hull. “It needs additions, that is clear. It is clear what we have to do. As I have said before, if we have new players coming it will be good, it will be better than nothing.”

“As a manager, you would have liked to have seen these players one month ago, but if we can do something it will be better than nothing.” Newcastle have signed Mikel Merino, Martin Dubravak and Sung-yong Ki on permanent deals this summer, while Chelsea winger Kenedy has joined the club on a full-season loan.

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