Rafael Benitez discusses Newcastle United transfer plans, insist they already have a strong side

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

The Spanish boss refused to suggest how many players Newcastle will sign this summer but appears confident in his current squad.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has told the Chronicle that he cannot say how many players he will look to bring to St. James' Park this summer, but suggested that he is already confident in the quality of his squad.

Benitez oversaw a dramatic upturn in form in the final weeks of the season, leading the club to finish with a six-match unbeaten run, although he could not prevent their relegation to the Championship.

During that period, the Spanish boss managed to transform many Magpies stars who had previously appeared wash-up and disinterested, breathing life back into the side and beginning to get the most out of players such as Moussa Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum.

However, there is still undoubtedly a great deal of work to be done in the transfer market this summer as both the club and the manager look to get used to life in the Championship ahead of next season.

Moussa Sissoko celebrates scoring the second goal for Newcastle United with manager Rafael Benitez

When asked by the Chronicle how many signings fans should be expecting this summer Benitez was coy in his response, but one thing he did confirm was that he is feeling good about the players he already has at his disposal.

Benitez said: "It is always dangerous to give a number and I won’t do that. But the level of performance that the team showed at the end of the season makes me feel sure that we have already the basis of a good team for next season.

"I can assure fans that the business we are doing at the moment and that we will be doing over the next few weeks is all aimed at making the squad stronger than it is at the moment.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

"We are very busy and things are very positive, the Euros makes things a bit difficult for every club, but as soon we can announce things about the squad we will tell our supporters."

Newcastle will certainly need some new additions over the next few months with several stars likely to leave the club despite others committing their future.

Sissoko notoriously said earlier this week that he wants to leave the club, ideally for a move to Arsenal, but Benitez will be keen to limit the departures as much as he can while also adding Championship experience and further quality to his squad.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez before the match

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