"I'm working very hard with the people in the club to try to improve what we have at the moment". "We missed some targets at the beginning, and now we're trying to do our best with what's available".
Benitez yesterday spoke openly at an event to mark the launch of the new Premier League season, which kicks off for Newcastle at home to Tottenham on Sunday. "I never mention figures but we have done all that Deportivo can, even making a big effort because of the importance that I believe Lucas can have in this team next season".
'It is important for the fans to understand that this year will be totally different.
However, Benitez was frustrated to lose out on a number of targets, including Tammy Abraham and Willy Caballero, earlier in the summer.
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Even on way to Muzaffarpur, he was received by Sonepur RJD MLA and other RJD leaders at different places. I consider it a responsibility to maintain my stand.
Deportivo president Tino Fernandez says Lucas Perez is "looking forward" to returning to his former club, with the Liga side hopeful a deal can be done.
However, there is a worry that this decision only continues Newcastle's struggles in the transfer market.
The 21 year old is usually a left winger but can also play wing-back and left-back, a position that looks weak for Newcastle.
This suggests SkyBet think the chances of him moving on this summer are highly likely - the only question is where?
"It's very hard (for me to walk away)".