Rafael Benítez hints he would be interested in Chelsea role

Former Liverpool boss Rafael Benítez says he would be interested in taking charge of Chelsea but insists no offer has yet been made

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Rafael Benítez led Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2005 Photo: The Sport Review

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Rafael Benítez has hinted he would be interested in becoming Chelsea’s new manager – but denies that there has been any concrete approach from the Stamford Bridge club.

The Spaniard, who was dismissed as Internazionale manager mid-way through his first season in charge in 2010, has been touted as one of the front-runners to replace Andre Villas-Boas following the Portuguese’s sacking on Sunday.

Benítez, who led Liverpool to Champions League glory during a six-year spell on Merseyside, admits he would like to take charge of a Premier League side again and that he is looking to get back into management.

“A manager that wants to wins trophies has to keep an eye on the top sides. Chelsea are a top side,” Benitez told the BBC.

“I have a record in the Champions League and I have experience in the Premier League. I know a good project will come. When this project will come I don’t know.

“You can’t stay without a job for a long time. I like to manage and I like to challenge and win trophies and stay involved.

“I’ve been waiting for one year, I want to work and have a job. The Premier League is my priority and a top side would be better.”

Asked about rumours linking him with the Chelsea job until end of season, he added: “There are a lot of rumours in the media and you have to be professional and you have to be ready just in case. But there was no proper offer on the table.”

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