“It is always hard to walk away when you are happy in one place, it’s not easy. But at the same time, you want to compete, you want to do well and you want to improve.
“It’s not just that you will be a better manager. You want to be a better manager winning something. We have to be sure we can do that.
“Every day I’m learning. Battling relegation in the Premier League, winning promotion from the Championship, I won two promotions in Spain, but it’s not the same. It’s not my country, where I know everything, it’s a different country and I’ve had to learn things.
“I have gained massive experience, I’m getting better every day because I’m always learning. I am a better manager now than when I won La Liga with Valencia, for sure.”
And Benítez wants Newcastle to show him that they have the ambition to compete with a club like Everton, on and off the pitch.
“The bigger picture is we have the potential to compete with a club like Everton,” he added. “Obviously, if you spend more money you have more chances to be right, but it’s true that you have to be wise when you spend the money.
“I would like to stay here if everything is fine. I like the Premier League, I like the competition here. Can I go to another country? Yes. Why? Because I have done it in the past. I don’t have any problems to go around but I would like to stay as close as I can to my family.”