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Rafa Benitez takes veiled swipe at Newcastle United Academy investment after Matty Longstaff goal

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Rafa Benitez has taken what appears to be a veiled swipe at his former club Newcastle United on his personal blog, saying the emergence of Matty Longstaff is proof of the benefits of investing in the club’s Academy.

Benitez wrote in a new blog published on Wednesday: “We don’t need to talk about systems or style of football, but it can be seen that Manchester City and Manchester United had the possession in their respective games while Wolves and Newcastle United were the ones who went away with the points,” he wrote on his personal blog.



Benitez left United in the summer having, among other things, failed to come to an agreement with owner Mike Ashley over investment in the Academy and the training ground.



“I was really pleased to see Matty Longstaff scoring the winning goal for Newcastle , he was great when he was training with us and it was a good decision from Steve Bruce to make him play.

Surely it shouldn’t be difficult to see the benefits of investing in the Academy?

“£4m every year for 10 years means £40m (one player); one ‘Longstaff’ every year for ten years seems good business to me.”

Although both parties have a different version of events – the club say Benitez’s departure was about money while he insists it was about a project he could believe in – Benitez spoke regularly about putting more money into the youth system.
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