Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez explains why he signed Federico Fernandez

Rafa Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United  during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Newcastle United and FC Augsburg at St James' Park on August 4, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Federico Fernandez joined Newcastle United from Swansea City in the summer transfer window.

Rafa Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United  during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Newcastle United and FC Augsburg at St James' Park on August 4, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has explained to The Chronicle why he signed Federico Fernandez from Swansea City.

The Magpies have signed Fernandez from Championship club Swansea in the summer transfer window.

According to Sky Sports, the Premier League club had to pay the Swans a transfer fee of £6 million in order to secure the services of the 29-year-old central defender.

Newcastle manager Benitez has explained why he signed the Argentine centre-back from Swansea in the summer transfer window.

Benitez told The Chronicle: “There are some areas where we need luck because, if we have injuries, we will have some problems.

“We have to manage in the meantime to see if we can fix the problems, but we have to wait because you cannot do everything that you want to do now.

“You have to be sure that the players you have can play in different positions. If you have a problem there, maybe you can use a different one.

“That is why for me to bring in a player like Fernandez gives you more options in other areas.”

Swansea City's Federico Fernandez during the Swansea City Training at The Liberty Stadium on August 7, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

Good signing for Newcastle United

Fernandez was quite successful during his time at Swansea, and the former Napoli central defender has proved himself in the Premier League.

Newcastle do needed players at the back, and the former Swansea star is a good signing for the Magpies.

The 29-year-old made 30 starts in the Premier League for Swansea last season and 27 starts in the league during the 2016-17 campaign, according to WhoScored.

Newcastle will be aiming to finish in the top 10 of the Premier League this season.

(L-R) Federico Fernandez, Andy King and Mike van der Hoorn of Swansea City thanks supporters after the end of the game during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Stoke City...

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