Rafa Benitez: I’m anxious about Newcastle

Rafa Benitez: I’m anxious about Newcastle

Rafa Benitez: I’m anxious about Newcastle

The club announced that Muto has signed an initial four-year contract at St James' Park.

"If you are asking me if it is ideal, I would say no, because the way that I like to work is doing things early".

Newcastle United manager, Rafa Benítez, said: "I am delighted to sign Salomon".

The Venezuelan had been tipped with a move to Tyneside last month, but the switch stalled after the clubs failed to reach an agreement.

Selling Aleksandar Mitrovic should raise the funds to bring in Yoshinori Muto and, possibly, Salomon Rondon in attack. "We can talk [he and Charnley] and be close [to making signings] but after we are not so close", he said.

"I am really looking forward to playing in front of the fans", Muto told the club's official website.

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Switzerland worldwide defender Fabian Schar has the makings of a £3m bargain while Ki Sung-Yeung looks an astute free transfer.

Benitez is a practised politician but he sounds at the end of his tether, with his latest complaints running much deeper than merely being a case of a manager putting pressure on his board before the closure of a transfer window.

Key player: Jonjo Shelvey - Began last season in disgrace, with an idiotic sending-off in the opening defeat to Tottenham, and ended it producing the kind of form that sparked calls for him to make England's World Cup squad.

Newcastle United players are refusing to co-operate with the media in a dispute with the club over bonuses. 'They want to have better players around because they have more possibilities to win'.

Information from The Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.

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