"When I say top 10, I mean guaranteed that you are there and you can challenge for something more important".
"I'm a Newcastle player, I'm happy here, I'm the captain and things are going really well".
Benitez said: "If we want to achieve something, we have to understand the way to do that".
In a statement issued a little more than two hours after the final whistle, the sportswear tycoon said: "I would like to thank Rafa Benitez for his magnificent achievement this season".
"Rafa, as always, has my full support, and contrary to some media reports that portray me as a pantomime villain, I will continue to ensure that every penny generated by the club is available to him".
Benitez believed he would have both greater spending power and freedom than that which eventually transpired, and has spent the weeks since securing the club's top-flight status suggesting an improvement on both fronts, as well as longer-term plans for the club's academy and training facilities, will play a key part in his decision to carry on or not.
Chelsea FC must beat Newcastle United to have any hope of finishing in the top four this season and former Liverpool FC star Lawrenson is backing Antonio Conte's men to get the job done on Sunday afternoon. That is the way to improve things. My job is to be sure that the players are focused on the last game and if we can do well, I will enjoy the moment.