The 58-year-old reckons he can do at least another decade challenging for honours — and wants that to be in England.
Benitez wants reasons to stay at Newcastle and, asked how much longer he will be a boss, he said: "For another 10 years, at least. And mostly in England, where you can work as a manager.
"The main thing is to have energy and enthusiasm, and I have both. I'm talking about an ambitious project for the future with the possibility, at the level that you are at, of competing and winning."
Asked what he needed to take a job long term, whether at Newcastle or elsewhere, the Spaniard said: "It depends mainly on those in the boardroom, on how those that make the decisions allow the professionals to do their job. In that respect, every club is different.
All of the teams that are successful have a stamp of identity or a way of doing things.
"Almost without exception success comes from hard work, but sometimes luck plays its part or the skill of individual players makes the difference. But when someone wins in three different countries, with different cultures and standpoints, it means that they're doing something right."