Rafa Benitez comments on Georginio Wijnaldum's move to Liverpool

Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring his fourth in the win over Norwich

The Newcastle United forward joined Liverpool on Friday afternoon.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conferenceNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

Rafa Benitez has insisted to the Chronicle that Georginio Wijnaldum’s move to Liverpool was in the best interests of Newcastle United.

The forward completed a £25 million move to Anfield on Friday after the Reds agreed to pay Newcastle’s substantial asking price.

He is the second high profile departure from the club this summer after Andros Townsend left to join Crystal Palace earlier in the transfer window.

Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring the third goal for Newcastle from the penalty spotGeorginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring the third goal for Newcastle from the penalty spot

His departure has been met with some dismay by fans, who are disappointed to see their top scorer from last season leave St James Park.

Benitez though, has insisted that the sale was in the best interests of the football club as a whole.

“In this case we have lost a very good player. I think though, that it was the best decision for him and for us,” he told the Chronicle.

“Gini was a good player and we allowed him to go to a Premier League club. But for us, the reality was that this was a good transfer but also we have kept a good team at the same time.”

Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates after scoring the first goal for NewcastleGeorginio Wijnaldum celebrates after scoring the first goal for Newcastle

It now remains to be seen whether Benitez will look to sign a replacement for Wijnaldum with the funds brought in from his sale.

His comments seem to suggest that will not be the case and he is happy with his squad as it is, but Wijnaldum will be a big loss for them.

His departure means they have lost 11 goals from their side, and he will surely look to replace them in the remainder of the transfer window.

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez

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