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Benitez: I am happier than I was a week ago

Rafa Benitez admits he is happier now at Newcastle than he was a week ago due to their recent victory over Manchester City coupled with the signing of two new players.

Newcastle finally broke their transfer record which had been in place since bringing Michael Owen back from Real Madrid in 2005.

The Magpies eventually signed Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United in the MLS for £21 million this week and also brought in Italian left-back Antonio Barreca on loan from Monaco.

Reporters quizzed Benitez on his general happiness at the club after managing to secure these transfers.

“Always I use a word that is crucial in life, but especially in football, and that is ‘balance’,’’ Benitez told the press ahead of his side’s trip to Wembley to face Spurs.

“I am quite pragmatic. I am happier now than one week ago. Why? Because we won against Manchester City and we have brought in two players.

“These two players, they give us something that we didn’t have. We needed to fill some gaps in terms of positions and in terms of characteristics of players.”

Newcastle play Spurs at Wembley in the Premier League’s early game on Saturday and then face Wolves at Molineux the following week. It will be February 23rd at the earliest before either Almiron or Barreca get the opportunity to grace the St James’ Park pitch.

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