Manager Rafael Benitez has spent heavily this summer, shelling out a club-record fee for striker Fernando Torres and also bringing in Ajax´s Ryan Babel and West Ham´s Yossi Benayoun.
"I have been here four years now and during that time a lot of players have come and gone," he said. "It is a squad game now and competition for places is never a problem but I am confident I can continue to hold down a regular place in the side."
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