• Premier League

Benitez would prefer another job in England

ESPN staff
May 13, 2013

Rafa Benitez has revealed that his search for a new job has already begun, and that his preference would be for another club in the Premier League.

The Spaniard's six-month interim tenure at Stamford Bridge will come to an end next weekend having all-but secured a place in next season's Champions League and with the potential to win some silverware should the Blues triumph in this week's Europa League final.

With Jose Mourinho widely expected to leave his job at Real Madrid and make his return to Chelsea, Benitez has confirmed that his representatives are already sounding out potential new employers while he prepares for Wednesday's clash with Benfica in Amsterdam and his final game in charge, at home to Everton on Sunday.

"It is started already, the agents are working," he said. "My job is to concentrate on the games, my agent is talking around.

"The Premier League is a fantastic league, my family still live in England so it would be easier but if not I will go abroad. I have no problem with Spanish, Italian, French (leagues).

"I was on holiday for nearly two years (before Chelsea). I want another job.

"The priority is still England but if you cannot find a club maybe you have to go abroad."

The former Liverpool and Valencia boss insisted, however, that he is prepared to wait for a top job to come along, just as he did after he was sacked by Inter Milan in 2010.

"When I was not working, some people said 'he cannot get a job' but I had a lot of offers," he said. "But you are looking for a top side or for a proper project to build something.

"There are two options for the future - to get a project, two or three years to build a team like at Liverpool.

"Or maybe a top side with money where you can buy some players and maybe be challenging for trophies from the beginning.

"I'm sure we will have offers. We already have some clubs asking, but it depends on the level or the project."

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