Benitez has made no secret of his frustrations with what's taking place behind the scenes at St James' Park and is reportedly refusing to sign a contract extension with the Magpies until certain demands are met.
"When things are not going well off the pitch you can see a reflection on the pitch", Benitez told the Guardian after this week's 4-0 preseason defeat to Braga.
The Venezuelan had been tipped with a move to Tyneside last month, but the switch stalled after the clubs failed to reach an agreement. "We can talk [he and Charnley] and be close [to making signings] but after we are not so close", he said. I have a lot of confidence in this group of players but they know we have to do something if we want to improve the competition between players.
'It will be more hard than previous year.
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They will then start playing for real on August 12, with the Premier League regular season opener at home against West Ham United. Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker will wear the number 13 jersey when he makes his debut against Napoli on Saturday.
Rondon's additional stature and hold-up play will be an asset for the Magpies, who have lost those attributes by selling Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham.
Rondon is Newcastle's sixth summer addition, alongside Martin Dubravka, Kenedy, Ki Sung-yueng, Fabian Schar and Yoshinori Muto.
With Florian Lejeune out for most of the season with a ruptured cruciate ligament and Mbemba now at Porto, retaining Lascelles is a priority. He's given Benitez next to no money to sign players this summer window, withheld the TV money the club earned, and to top it off, he's not allowed them access to of the money generated from the players they've sold this summer. "But I can't say too much".