• Premier League

Benitez fancies Chelsea job

ESPN staff
November 21, 2012
In the frame: Rafa Benitez is being linked with the Chelsea job © PA Photos

Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has confirmed his interest in the Chelsea manager's job.

Chelsea are on the lookout for a new boss following their decision to axe Roberto Di Matteo on Wednesday, claiming they want a swift resolution.

Benitez has been installed as the bookmakers' favourite for the job and he appears keen on taking the reins at Stamford Bridge.

It has been reported that he has been sounded out by Chelsea and although refusing to confirm that talks have taken place, he has admitted it is an appealing prospect.

"I have just found out [about Di Matteo]," Benitez told Sport360. "Obviously Chelsea is a top side and they can compete for trophies so it goes in this category."

Asked if he had already spoken to Chelsea, he said: "You ask directly, I cannot answer directly.

"In football a lot of people are talking so we will see what happens in the next few days. I am looking for a club that can challenge for trophies and Chelsea is one of these clubs."

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