Crouch said: "What I must do is speak to the manager. When all is said and done, I don't think I can have another season like this year where I've started nine Premier League games.
"Out of a 38-game league season, nine games is not the amount you want to be playing.
Crouch plans to confront Benitez before heading off on international duty - and he won't sign a new contract if his first-team prospects do not improve.
He also told the Mirror: "I have to find out what he wants from me for next season and whether or not I can continue with that. In some ways I want to feel wanted. I've got a few questions I want to ask him, and I'm sure he has with me, too.
"So I'd like to speak to the manager and the club before I commit to anything and know whether or not I'll be here next year."