Rafa Benitez outlines his approach to talks with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley with Lee Charnley
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley with Lee Charnley

Rafa Benitez is confident he and Mike Ashley share the same goal at Newcastle United.

The pair will meet at the end of the season to plot a way forward for the promoted club.

Rafa Benitez will try to make his point over transfers

Rafa Benitez will try to make his point over transfers

Benitez is waiting to discover how much he will get to spend on his squad in the summer transfer window.

Ashley, United’s owner, spoke to Benitez by phone this week. The billionaire congratulated him, his players and the club’s staff for their efforts in the getting the club promoted.

And Newcastle manager – whose second-placed side take on Cardiff City in the Championship tonight – is hopeful they can agree a plan.

“I think he wants to win,” said Benitez. “I’m sure he wants to win games, If we win trophies, it is always positive.”

I’m not the kind of manager saying ‘I want this – and that is it’. I will try to argue why – why you need this and that. I will give my ideas and explanations.

Rafa Benitez

Benitez, however, insists that will not demand a certain figure to spend.

“I’m not the kind of manager saying ‘I want this – and that is it’. I will try to argue why – why you need this and that. I will give my ideas and explanations.

“It is very easy to convince someone, because you are talking football and about what is best for the team.

“The fans want a fantastic team and we want the same.

“And the owner, as a businessman, wants the best for this club.

“The best for his club is to be successful, to stay in the Premier League and then maybe challenge for trophies. It is very simple – we have the same idea, the same objective.

“Then the way to go to achieve this is something I have to explain. I have to explain my ideas and he has to tell me.”

Asked if Ashley was happy with him, Benitez said: “Yes. He was really positive, so I don’t need to create anything, I don’t need to invent anything. It’s just very clear.

“The first time that I met him was very positive. This time, when I was in contact with him by phone, he was quite positive and everything was fine. Now we just have to sit down and discuss every single thing.”

Benitez is under contract for another two years, but he said “you never know” when asked if he would be at the club next season after Monday night’s 4-1 promotion-securing win over Preston North End.

“I will not say anything about that,” said the 57-year-old. “What I will say is that I have had a very honest and open conversation with Mike, and it was quite positive. Now we have to have a proper meeting face-to-face and see where we are.”

Benitez will put his ideas on recruitment to Ashley.

“Because I have experience, obviously, you always have a plan, so you need to listen to the plan and see where we are,” he said.

“Then we have to see how close we can be.”

Officers from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs probing a suspected £5million fraud raided St James’s Park and the club’s training ground on Wednesday.

Managing director Lee Charnley was arrested and later released without charge.

“I had a conversation with him (Ashley) and it was quite positive,” said Benitez.

“He was really pleased for the promotion of the team, and, as like me and everyone, disappointed with the investigation. But it is something that we cannot change ,so we need to be sure we do the right things regarding football then we will be ready for the meeting.”

Asked if he would be happy to work with chief scout Graham Carr in the future, Benitez said: “I am just concentrating on Cardiff.”