RAFA BENITEZ admitted there was no new update on his long-running contract saga ahead of Newcastle’s trip to Leicester.

The Magpies go to the King Power Stadium tomorrow evening with the manager still waiting to hear from the club’s hierarchy. “My contract is the same situation, exactly the same,'' he said. 

Newcastle could do with one more win to secure Premier League safety and Benitez said: “This group train well and work hard and they care. We have to keep pushing and don’t play with any complacency and do what we did for so many months to make the last run is fine.

“We want that one win to move forward and I said before 39 points could be enough – now maybe not. For us, we can only try and win this and the rest of these things will follow. We have to do our job on Friday and go as high as we can.’’

The Foxes have improved under Brendan Rodgers and Benitez added of his fellow former Liverpool boss.

Benitez added: “Brendan has done well, they were already a good team. They change the manager to bring in a manager who knows the players and league. When you win the next game is good as you have more confidence, they are doing well and it will be a tough game for us.

“Do we make changes? I will decide everything – do we have to go with four at the back or five? People are talking about the shape of the team, but it’s about what you do. Five at the back could be three and it depends on the players.’’