Daryl Murphy is set to disappoint a handful of Championship clubs by staying on at Newcastle United.
Murphy has worked his way into the Ireland squad in his thirties and fully intends to make the most of a late chance to play in the Premier League.
“No matter what level you are at you want to play at the highest level you can,” he said.
“I’m no different to anybody else. I want to play at the highest level against the best players. If I get a chance to do that then brilliant.”
Benitez was disappointed to miss out on Tammy Abraham who went on loan to Swansea rather than head to the north east.