Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has suggested he may still leave the club despite insisting he is 'happy' at St. James' Park.

Benitez's contract with the north-east club is set to expire at the end of the season, with the Spaniard's long-term future still yet to be decided, as his relationship with owner Mike Ashley remains a fraught one. 

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Speaking ahead of Newcastle's Premier League game against Everton, Benitez revealed that although he's content at the club, a desire of 'winning something' could see see him depart.

Asked if he'd find it difficult to leave the club, as quoted by the Shields Gazette, he replied: "Always, when you are happy in a place, it’s not easy (to leave). 

"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.

"I would like to win against Everton, and see what happens in the future."

Newcastle's three-game unbeaten run came to an end with a 2-0 defeat to West Ham last week; a result that leaves them in 14th, just six points above the relegation zone with nine games remaining. 

Despite there being speculation surrounding his future, the 58-year-old has also revealed his preference to remain in the Premier League, whether that be at Newcastle or another club, due to his family being settled in the country. 

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He added: "Obviously, my priority will be to stay in England, because my family is here. So I would like to stay here (in England) 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 close to my family."