Jack Colback told he can forget about a recall at Newcastle

Newcastle United's Spanish manager Rafael Benitez shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Newcastle

Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez has hit back at criticism of his tactics.

"I don't agree with that". No, we are not defensive, we are well-organised, that is different. We have to be competitive and make sure we are good enough to stay up.

"We've always been a team that has attacked with everyone and we need to get our fluidity back in that sense".

"For us it doesn't matter if it is at home or away but if you have more people there, close to you, and you can win, it's much better". That means they have different tools.

Colback was heavily rumoured to be leaving the club this summer, however failed to secure a move to Hull City or Wolves, both of whom were interested in the 28-year-old.

Latest signing Mikel Merino is potentially missing for several weeks with a lower back problem but Colback, a man who was called into the England squad back in 2014, will not be drafted back into the senior United set-up.

Benitez even says he would use out-of-favour defender Chancel Mbemba in emergencies rather than the the £40,000-a-week anchorman.

Sportsmail revealed in August that Colback had refused to join in a practice match having been told by the manager that he could leave the club and he was then told to train permanently with Peter Beardsley's Under-23s.

He knew our idea from the beginning. "We know he is not available so we have to concentrate on the other players, and I think it is fine".

Meanwhile, Benitez admits he wants Jack Colback sold. I didn't want that.

"It's not a situation that for games, you will not have players, I think we have enough bodies". "We will see how he is doing", Benitez told a news conference on Friday, before adding Merino would miss Spain's Under-21 2019 European Championship qualifiers against Iceland and Slovakia this month.

"We're working with the players available now".

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