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Newcastle target Fernandez full of praise for Benitez

Swansea City defender Federico Fernandez has spoken of his admiration for Rafa Benitez.

Newcastle United boss Benitez is eyeing Fernandez as cover for Florian Lejeune after he suffered a serious knee injury on Saturday.

The pair worked together at Napoli and Fernandez said, "The development I had under Benitez allowed me to move to the Premier League. Here football is different to Serie A.

“I appreciate Rafa a lot, and he sent me a good message when I joined Swansea. I thank him because he allowed me to grow. Last season he put faith in me and I learnt a lot. It prepared me for the Premier League."

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