Mag Joselu rel­ish­ing life un­der Ben­itez

Sunderland Echo - - Football -

Joselu is rel­ish­ing work­ing un­der Rafa Ben­itez at New­cas­tle United – as he pre­pares to face for­mer club Stoke City in the Pre­mier League to­mor­row.

The 27-year-old joined the Mag­pies from Stoke for a £5mil­lion fee last month, hav­ing been sold on the move af­ter speak­ing to man­ager Ben­itez.

“Rafa told me to sign here,” said Joselu. “He told me many good things about the club, the city, ev­ery­thing. I didn’t have to think too much about it, I signed quickly and I’m here.

“They bought me. I now try to play well and to help the club win the games.”

Asked about his price tag, Joselu said: “It doesn’t mat­ter if I cost £5mil­lion, £6mil­lion or £25mil­lion. The trans­fer mar­ket is crazy now. I don’t care about that.”

Joselu is happy to be work­ing un­der the guid­ance of coun­try­man Ben­itez, who will re­turn to the dugout for the Stoke game af­ter miss­ing last week­end’s 1-0 vic­tory at Swansea. Ben­itez watched the game from his home as he re­cov­ered from an op­er­a­tion. “Rafa’s a big man­ager in the world,” said Joselu. “When he talks about you, and he says he has fol­lowed you, it’s nice to know.

“I hope for an op­por­tu­nity now. I think I played well against West Ham.”

No player has had more shots on tar­get than Joselu, de­spite him hav­ing only played 188 min­utes of Pre­mier League foot­ball so far this sea­son. Joselu, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Mo­hamed Salah have all had nine shots on tar­get.

Alek­san­dar Mitro­vic serves the sec­ond game of a three­match ban against Stoke.

3 New­cas­tle have won three of their seven home Pre­mier League games against Stoke

Mag­pie striker Joselu.

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