Rafa Won't Sign New Deal

Rafa Benitez's contract situation remains unresolved, with his existing deal in its final 12 months, although he has put that to one side for now.

He said: "If we have to talk about a possible extension, we will talk, but now is not the time."

In the meantime, Benitez will concentrate on what he admits could be another season-long survival battle.

Asked what his target was, he said: "I will be realistic and say to stay up.

"We did really well last year with the way we were playing and working. You have to be more ambitious, but it is football and our idea is one game at a time."