Rafael Benitez has laughed off the prospect of a top-four Premier League finish despite Newcastle United's encouraging start to the season.
Newcastle head into the weekend in fourth place after three successive league victories and travel to Brighton, promoted from the Championship with them last season, on Sunday.
However, while some fans may be dreaming of the days when the club rubbed shoulders with Europe's elite, Benitez is refusing to entertain the idea.
Asked -- in tongue-in-cheek fashion...
Brighton have announced that their loan of Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has been turned into a permanent one-year deal.
Krul joined Brighton on a season-long loan last month, but the conversion of the move to a full-time switch means he ends a 12-year stay at Newcastle.
The deal means Krul ends a 12-year stay at Newcastle, having joined them from Den Haag. He is eligible to face his former club when they travel to Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday.
Krul made his Brighton debut in...