Rafael Benitez eyes return to Liverpool or Real Madrid in the future
Chelsea’s interim manager Rafael Benitez claims he will “almost certainly” return to his former club Liverpool at some stage in his managerial career. The Spaniard told Marca that he expects an offer to ride back home in the future.
Rafael Benitez has confirmed he will leave Chelsea at the end of the season, which means the 52-year-old former Merseyside gaffer will be out of work once again. Rafael Benitez, who won the Champions League in 2005, the FA Cup in 2006 and brought Liverpool the closest to their first Premier League title, left Anfield in 2010 after falling out of favor with the club’s owners.
With Liverpool finishing seventh in the Premier League and preparing to spend a fund-less summer, tensions between Rafael Benitez and then Liverpool owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett were running high. Consequently, Rafael Benitez was asked to move out, even though the club was slowly moving towards new ownership.
Rafael Benitez is still a loved character in Liverpool ranks and the Spaniard himself admits he still has a lot of respect and love for the Merseyside club, which is the reason behind his desire to return to Anfield.
“I will return, almost certainly. What I do not know is when. My daughters and wife still live there,” Rafael Benitez told Marca.
The former Inter Milan coach has led Chelsea to the FA Cup and Europa League semifinals, whilst keeping them on track for a Champions League qualification. Chelsea fans are still unhappy with Rafael Benitez and the club’s owner Roman Abramovich is eager to bring a new man for the job this summer.
Rafael Benitez isn’t sure where he would work next, but suggests it could be somewhere in England.
“My idea is to train a competitive team. Why not in England?” Rafael Benitez added. “We will have to wait and see. Everything will be worked out.”
With a potential opening at Real Madrid brewing up, Rafael Benitez admits he could replace Jose Mourinho as his former club.
“Obviously I know the place very well - I was there from 13 years old as a player and coach,” Rafael Benitez said. “I am a Madrid fan. It is nice to be linked in one manner or another, but that does not make me lose my current concentration on Chelsea. I have a good relationship with [Madrid president] Florentino Perez. Whenever I have talked with him, he has always been polite.”