Rafael Benitez admits he may disappoint some of Newcastle United's squad

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

Newcastle United are determined to keep hold of their key players this summer.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has told the Shields Gazette that he is prepared to disappoint some members of his squad to ensure that they do not move elsewhere.

Newcastle have taken a defiant stance in the transfer window, as they are determined to keep the bulk of their squad together.

The Magpies may have sold Andros Townsend and Georginio Wijnaldum, but they will only sell another of their key players if an acceptable offer comes in.

Georginio Wijnaldum scores the third goal for Newcastle from the penalty spot

"If someone comes with a right offer, we have to listen. But we don't have to sell. We will try to keep a strong squad,” Benitez said.

"Some players, maybe, will be waiting for a big offer (from) a top side in the Premier League or in Europe, but if they have to stay, they have to stay. That's it.

"They will be disappointed, but we are disappointed because we are in the Championship.”

Moussa Sissoko is currently the Newcastle player with the most doubts over his future.

Picture Supplied by Action Images - Moussa Sissoko

Sissoko has attracted the attentions of a number of clubs from across Europe through his performances at Euro 2016.

However, Newcastle have slapped a huge price-tag on Sissoko - as they do not want to lose him on the cheap.

Newcastle’s desire to keep hold of the bulk of their squad has helped make them the bookies’ favourites to win the Championship this term.

Benitez’s side’s competitive campaign gets underway with a match against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

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