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Newcastle United players refuse to co-operate with media in bonus dispute

07 August 2018

Newcastle begin their league campaign by hosting Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park on Aug 11. "Everything - I'm really anxious".

Asked why his players would not speak to the media after last week's 4-0 loss to Braga, manager Rafael Benitez said: "As I say things aren't going well off the pitch and you can see a reflection."~.

The Toon's frugality in the transfer market has been a source of frustration for their loyal fans for many years, with owner Mike Ashley repeatedly unwilling to fork out sums for players. "We can talk [he and Charnley] and be close [to making signings] but after we are not so close", he said.

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But Benitez clearly feels more must be done, adding: "I am not happy we are looking to just survive every year".

Crystal Palace and Southampton have been mentioned as interested throughout the summer-but now the Northern Echo report Rafa Benitez wants Ings as one of two forward arrivals this week.

The Spaniard later admitted he had no choice but to "wheel and deal" in the transfer market. The former Liverpool manager had initially thought he would have around £45mn to spend but has since been instructed he would have to operate under a sell-to-buy policy.

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Rondon's additional stature and hold-up play will be an asset for the Magpies, who have lost those attributes by selling Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham.

Rondon is Newcastle's sixth summer addition, alongside Martin Dubravka, Kenedy, Ki Sung-yueng, Fabian Schar and Yoshinori Muto.

The deal had been suggested to have included the simultaneous move of Dwight Gayle to the Baggies.

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Newcastle United players refuse to co-operate with media in bonus dispute