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Rafa Benitez says you have to be realistic when Mike Ashley won’t even let you compete with Bournemouth

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Asked about his own current position before taking on former club Chelsea, Rafa Benitez said that with the position Mike Ashley has put him in, Newcastle can’t even dream of competing with Bournemouth in the transfer market.

Rafa Benitez risked his reputation when staying at Newcastle and now clearly accepting no change in this, surely his last, transfer window.

The thing is as well, it hasn’t been a case of Bournemouth only buying big (compared to Newcastle) because they have sold players for big fees, the largest they have received in that time period is the Matt Ritchie one… Rafa Benitez says he has stayed in the hope that eventually Mike Ashley would see sense and allow realistic spending on essential signings.

‘The reality is that we have to compete in a division when we cannot compete against Bournemouth….who are spending money.

In the time that Rafa Benitez has been at St James Park, Bournemouth have bought Jordan Ibe (£16m), Nathan Ake (£20m), Diego Rico (£14m), Jefferson Lerma (£25m) and Dominic Solanke (£19m).

In that same time period, Rafa’s biggest signing has been Matt Ritchie for £12m from Bournemouth.

A club where only six years ago he went into mid-season and in a matter of months led them to Europa League success and Champions League qualification.
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