Rafael Benítez: It would be ‘quite difficult’ for me to take Everton job

Rafael Benítez admits that he would find it "quite difficult" to take over at Everton should he be offered the job this summer

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Rafael Benítez's Chelsea host Everton on Sunday Photo: The Sport Review

Rafael Benítez admits that he would find it “quite difficult” to take over at Everton should he be offered the job this summer.

The Spaniard, who took the reins at Chelsea on an interim basis back in November, is gearing up for his last game in charge of the Blues this weekend before stepping down after leading the west Londoners to the Europa League title in midweek.

Everton, meanwhile, are on the lookout for a new manager after David Moyes was confirmed as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at Manchester United.

Benítez had a frosty relationship with the Goodison Park side during his spell in charge of their Merseyside rivals Liverpool between 2004 and 2010, and sparked controversy when he referred to Everton as a “small club” back in 2007.

But although the 53-year-old says he has “a lot of respect” for the Toffees, he concedes that it would be tough for him to take the job given his ties with Liverpool.

“I have a lot of respect for Everton,” the Spaniard told talkSPORT. “They have done a great job in the last year, and you have to give credit to them.

“But, still I think it would be quite difficult for them to approach me and maybe even for me to go there.”

Benítez, whose family still live on Merseyside, admits that he would like to stay and coach in the Premier League if possible.

“I just have to wait for offers,” he continued. “I have my job, my agent has his job and it’s time now to relax at the end of the season and see what happens. But I expect offers to come in and we need to find the right club and the right offer.

“England is my priority because my family is here, but there are not too many top sides so there could be two different options.

“It could be a project where you could build something for the future or it could be a top side where you could compete straight away for trophies, so we will see.”

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