The Spaniard admits the summit went better than during his time at Liverpool, when he had to deal with American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
"I had a meeting with Hicks and Gillett one time and they were talking about money available and 'then we can go to the draft'. I said, 'What?'," laughed Benitez yesterday.
"Then I said, 'Listen, you have to go early to sign players, but if you lose games, you can be relegated'.
"They said, 'Relegated?'. I said, 'Yes, relegated!'."