Fabio Borini's past comments on Rafael Benitez at Newcastle United

Fabio Borini of AC Milan celebrates his goal during the serie A match between AC Milan and Hellas Verona FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 5, 2018 in Milan, Italy.

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez is said to want to sign Fabio Borini in the January transfer window.

Fabio Borini of Sunderland celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Crystal Palace at Stadium of Light on March 1, 2016 in...

According to Tutto Mercato Web, Newcastle United are weighing up a move for Fabio Borini, who was fairly outspoken when Rafael Benitez arrived at St. James’ Park.

Borini was still a Sunderland player at the point when Benitez was appointed to be Newcastle boss back in March 2016.

And his comments at the time suggested that he was shocked that Benitez went to Newcastle.

 

Sunderland were due to take on the Magpies in the Tyne-Wear derby in just Benitez’s second game in charge.

And Borini accused Newcastle of copying Sunderland by changing managers just before the clash.

"Usually that's our trick. We change the manager two games before, then we lose the first one and then we win the derby. They copied us,” Borini said to BBC Sport.

Fabio Borini of AC Milan celebrates his goal during the serie A match between AC Milan and Hellas Verona FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 5, 2018 in Milan, Italy.

"They have tried to do the same but I don't think it will work.

"Benitez is a good manager. I was surprised because from Real Madrid to come to Newcastle in the position they are, it's a big gap."

Borini was correct in suggesting that Benitez appointment wouldn’t help Newcastle get a win over Sunderland, as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw on that occasion.

Jermain Defoe had lashed Sunderland in front, before Aleksandar Mitrovic netted a late leveller.

Borini is now at AC Milan, where he has seemingly done enough to attract the attention of Newcastle scouts.

Fabio Borini of AC Milan  celebrates after scoring the opening goal during UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between AC Milan and Ludogorets Razgrad at the San Siro on February 22, 2018...

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