Rafael Benítez: My future doesn’t matter, I’m at Chelsea to win trophies

Rafael Benítez says he is focused on winning trophies at Chelsea and is not worried about his long-term future

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Rafael Benítez was unveiled to the media on Thursday evening Photo: The Sport Review

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Rafael Benítez says his only focus is winning trophies with Chelsea – and insists he is not bothered by the length of his contract or speculation linking Pep Guardiola to the Stamford Bridge post.

The 52-year-old was unveiled as Roberto Di Matteo’s replacement at Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening after agreeing to take charge of the west London club until the end of the season

Guardiola could be set to take the job on a full-time basis next summer, with the former Barcelona manager currently on a year-long sabbatical after ending his reign at Camp Nou in June.

But Chelsea’s new interim manager is unconcerned by the apparent threat his compatriot poses, with Benítez just concentrating on winning silverware this term before seeing where his future lies.

“I have a very good relationship with Guardiola,” said Benítez. “He’s a great manager and what will happen in the future, you never know.

“When you analyse why you go to a top club like this for seven months, it’s because you can win trophies. In seven months you can win some trophies and I’m sure everyone would be delighted.

“For nearly two years I was waiting for the right opportunity. I have this chance now and I have to take it and try to do my best.”

He added: “It’s a club that allows me to fight for a trophies. Every time during the last year-and-a-half, when I was asked in interviews why I don’t get a job, I said I am looking for the right club with the right opportunities, and one that can fight for trophies.

“I don’t care about the short-term [deal]. I want to win every game. We have five trophies to fight for so I will try to win from day one and at the end, we will see what happens.”

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