Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has, somewhat surprisingly, declared his interest in the vacant Chelsea manager’s job.
Reports last weekend circulated that Benitez had met with Blues owner Roman Abramovich after the London side had sacked André Villas-Boas.
The Spaniard has been out of work since leaving Inter Milan 16 months ago and still lives on Merseyside and has a superb relationship with Liverpool supporters. He has several times expressed an interest in returning to Anfield as Reds boss in the future but now says he thinks Liverpool fans would understand if he took up the job as Chelsea boss.
“Can anybody argue (against the fact) that the Liverpool fans love me? No,” said Benitez. “If we agree with this, what do you want for somebody who you love? The best for him.
“I cannot be waiting at home for five years. Everybody understands that I will need a job.”
“I want to win trophies; it’s not just a case of wanting a job and having some money. It has to be something. They have now Roberto Di Matteo in [temporary] charge, and I have to respect the manager in charge. I have to wait and [see] if something happens in the future. As a manager with experience in the Champions League, in Spain and in Italy, I am open to offers.”
UPDATE: Classy Chelsea fans have shown their lack of support for Benitez as a future manager of their side. They displayed banners and sang songs against the man who has won more European Cups than in their Club’s history.