Rafael Benitez explains what he has already spotted in Newcastle United training

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Newcastle United appointed Rafael Benitez on Friday last week.

Rafael Benitez has told Newcastle United’s official website that he has already seen the squad’s desire in his first few training sessions.

Benitez was appointed on Friday and he has wasted no time making an impression at St. James’ Park.

The former Real Madrid boss was taking training on Friday afternoon, and he also cancelled a scheduled day off to make sure his squad were at the training ground ahead of their match against Leicester City on Monday evening.

Benitez insists that none of his players have complained about having to work when they were supposed to be off, and he has been impressed by the quality on display in training.

"At the first moment, we wanted to train," said Benitez. "We don't have much time (before Leicester) and credit to the players to come in on their day off and train like they did.

"You could see they wanted to train - it was a great atmosphere.

"We only have three sessions before the first game so it's going to be difficult against the team at the top of the table. We've got a good staff here who are giving us all of the information that we need to prepare so hopefully we can do it.

"From what I've seen I know we have a very good group of players so we need to give them confidence and from them, I will expect 100 per cent in every game.”

Benitez has 10 games to save Newcastle from relegation, and his mission starts on Monday night against Leicester.

The Foxes are chasing the Premier League title, but Benitez will be aiming to guide his side to a shock result at the King Power Stadium.

Newcastle are currently stuck in 19th place in the Premier League table, but they are only one point away from safety.

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