Former Newcastle United defender Jesus Gamez has told Malaga Hoy that he thinks Rafael Benitez is 'selfish' and he contributed nothing to him in his two years at St James' Park.
After Newcastle's relegation from the Premier League in 2016, Benitez brought in a host of signings to bolster his squad, snapping up 12 new faces to ultimately win promotion back to the top flight.
One of his additions was compatriot Gamez, snapping up the Spanish right back in a cut-price move from Atletico Madrid after a strong career in his homeland.
Gamez racked up nearly 300 appearances for Malaga and was a Champions League runner-up just weeks before completing his move to Tyneside.
An experienced performer, Gamez was expected to be a fine addition for Newcastle, but his time with the Magpies was largely miserable for all involved.
Gamez made just 10 appearances in all competitions as he struggled with injuries, and he was released at the end of his contract this summer in a low-key departure.
Now, Gamez has discussed his time at Newcastle, telling Malaga Hoy that the Magpies fans were 'sensational', but he had nothing good to say about manager Benitez.
Gamez suggested that Benitez didn't contribute anything to his career in his two years with Newcastle, before going on to claim that the Magpies boss is selfish and tries to have a hand in everything, including his medical recovery, claiming that Benitez didn't trust him when he said he was injured and it's impossible to talk or argue with the Newcastle manager in what is a surprise and stinging attack.
“Yes, it got complicated at the beginning with an injury, then I broke my collarbone. I struggled to get back,” said Gamez. “At family level, the experience was very good. At sporting level, the fans and the teammates were sensational, but the coach did not understand the situations that happened and also the deal was not the ideal one. He [Benitez] is a person that I do not like talking about because he didn’t contribute anything to me in these two years and I have nothing to say about him.”
“When someone is so selfish and wants to understand everything, they do not know how to read situations and understand that things are not always the same. You can not distrust everyone. I showed him my professionalism. Time proved me right. I had an injury, I was not fooling anyone at all. The physios and the medical staff at Newcastle knew how to understand the situation. You cannot talk or argue with him because he always wants to be right,” he added.