Newcastle must sell before buying again, Rafa Benitez says

Newcastle is a big club and it is an honour for me to play at this club in this fantastic city.

As for Newcastle's specific problems, the manager sees players at the club who are on "good (Premier League?) salaries" but Premier League clubs don't see them as good enough.

"He knows and accepts the challenge we've given him at Newcastle United and he's keen to come and fight for a position in the team". He adds that the Magpies should be realistic in their ambitions, and that Premier League survival should be their first priority.

Joselu, who began his career with Celta Vigo and has also played for Real Madrid, Hoffenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt, joins Christian Atsu, Florian Lejeune, Jacob Murphy, Javier Manquillo and Mikel Merino in moving to St James' Park this summer.

Benitez was promised "every last penny" generated by Newcastle through promotion and player sales in May. When Rafa called me, I didn't have to think any more about it, and now I am here and I want to enjoy it.

"We had great support and atmosphere in home games last season when we got promoted".

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Colback is perhaps the most surprising name on the list, given how regularly he featured for Newcastle in last season's Championship title charge.

He said: "The most disappointing thing is that we did so well to keep it at 0-0 against Tottenham for so long but it was always going to be an uphill task once they scored their first goal, especially with ten men but there were a lot of positives to take".

His performances have attracted the attention of the Premier League new boys and Newcastle are considering probing the option of signing the Belgium global this month.

"It's football, anything can happen". We've got a young group and it's important for us not to get ahead of ourselves if we get good results, and not to worry too much if we don't pick up the results we want.

Ritchie said: "I don't think we're going to struggle".

"We would go a goal down, but we would come back and win the game".

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