Rafa Benitez reveals his unhappiness at Newcastle's transfer efforts

I spent some time with my family in Liverpool - but that was it.

"Always in football you need luck, I had the luck when the ball came through to me and then I scored", Atsu said of his Verona strike.

Perez's boyhood club remain the frontrunners to sign their former boy wonder but the player's agent is frustrated that Arsenal want more than the current offer on the table.

There was a rumour of a power struggle at Newcastle regarding player recruitment. "The teams at the top have put prices so high that ... for average players they ask for big money, big commission, big wages".

Real Madrid star Lucas Vazquez has reportedly told friends he wishes to leave the club should he be benched for Tuesday night's Super Cup clash with Manchester United - prompting several Premier League clubs to sit up and take notice.

When Benitez committed to stay at Newcastle at the end of last season he was promised "every last penny" by club owner Mike Ashley to invest in the squad, but the reality has not been so simple. "For me, I'm not totally happy with what we did but I will try to do my best".

Benitez, however, reiterated his commitment to the club and said he was focussed on helping the team avoid immediate relegation back to the Championship.

The 21-year-old Brazilian was disciplined by Chelsea after posting offensive messages against the Chinese while on tour in the Far East.

Colback appeared to be in Benitez's plans ahead of their return to the Premier League. It has to be something you can not control. "Whether we can get it all done or not, I'm not sure".

Asked about walking away, Benitez added: "No, I made a decision to stay".

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