Since his days at Anfield, Benitez has coached at Inter Milan, Chelsea, Napoli and most recently Real Madrid.
But in his first press conference as Newcastle boss, the 55-year-old revealed the Toon job has always appealed to him.
“At Liverpool, we always talked about Newcastle as a massive club with passionate fans,” said the Spaniard.
“I have had offers in difference countries but was just waiting for something in England.
“I have been away two and a half years, two years in Italy and six months in Spain but I wanted to stay close to my family here in England.