Rafa Benitez insists Newcastle will have chances to recruit before transfer deadline

Rafa Benitez insists Newcastle will “have chances” to bring in players before Wednesday’s deadline, but suggested he is trying to keep everyone at the club “on the same page” in terms of transfer potentials.

Benitez insists he remains relaxed about his position despite having been linked with a series of other clubs in recent months and with previous talk of discontent with the club’s transfer policy.

After the 3-0 defeat by Chelsea in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday, Benitez was asked about potential transfer dealings before the January 31 deadline, and the Spaniard gave a mixed response.

“I have to just worry about Burnley [next opponent] and that’s it,” he said. “I think the fans are very clever and they know what is going on. What I have to do is make sure I don’t let them down.

“What I have to do is keep going. I am a professional and want to do well. I am happy with the city, the fans and I can see the potential of the club. But I have to be sure that everybody understands the message, that we have the same idea and that we are on the same page.

“We have to keep working hard. I am sure I will keep working as hard as now with all my staff, and try to improve the team.

“We’ll have chances. Obviously it’s not ideal because I wanted to do my business by the 15th or the 20th, but I still have some days, and they believe we can do something.”

Goals from Michy Batshuayi (2) and Marcos Alonso saw Newcastle dumped out of the FA Cup, despite fielding a strong side at Stamford Bridge.

Benitez said his side matched Chelsea in the first half, but the difference in the two sides was ultimately telling.

“I think the first half we did really well, had chances and were on top of them. For me we were controlling the game and made a mistake in the counter attack.

“We tried today, the team selection was to try and stay in the competition, and you can see with the first half we wanted to stay in the competition, but you have to accept the difference in the two teams.”