Ex-Liverpool boss Rafael Benítez ready to return to management

Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez reveals he is ready to return to management when the right offer comes along

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez has revealed he is ready to return to management – but only when a job becomes available at a club which can match his ambition to win trophies.

The 51-year-old was sacked by Internazionale in December 2010 and he has been unemployed since, despite being linked to clubs such as Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain in the past 12 months.

Benítez, who won two La Liga titles with Valencia and guided Liverpool to the Champions League title in 2005, admitted he would prefer to manage in England but is willing to move coach on the continent.

“The priority is England because of the style, structure and culture of football here,” said Benítez on Wednesday.

“But if I have to go to another country, my idea is to find a club that can match my desire to win trophies.

“I want one that can allow you to go there and then try to win, but at the same time do this within the financial fair play rules and financial situation around the world.

“So you have to keep an eye also on the way you can develop young players, but win trophies also.”

Meanwhile, Benítez, who missed out on winning the Premier League with Liverpool in 2009 when Manchester United pipped the Reds to top spot, believes the title race is too close to call this season.

“It will be tough until the end. Both teams have great quality and experience,” he added.

“United have been in this situation more times, but City have players with a lot of experience too.”

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