Rafa Benitez on planned summer changes at Newcastle United

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Rafael Benitez has 10 games to save Newcastle United from relegation.

Rafael Benitez has suggested to the Chronicle that he will look to bring in two or three players in the summer transfer window if Newcastle United can avoid the drop.

Benitez has been given 10 games to save Newcastle, with the North East club currently sitting in 19th place in the Premier League table.

Newcastle are one point adrift of safety, and Benitez has already identified areas of the squad that will need improving, if he is to guide them away from trouble.

“We have a lot of players in the market,” the former Real Madrid manager said.

“This club is so big that we can do two or three things and we will improve for sure.

“If we can do two or three things in different places I think we’ll be in a very good position.”

Newcastle have previously been guilty of failing to spend enough money to improve their squad, but no such accusations can be directed at Mike Ashley this season.

Steve McClaren was backed with masses of funds last summer and in the January transfer window, but there are still gaps in the squad.

Benitez took over on Friday, and he has wasted no time in getting to work with the squad.

He took training on Friday afternoon, before cancelling the squad’s day off on Saturday, to ensure that they were on the training pitch.

Benitez’s mission to save Newcastle starts tonight against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

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