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Former Liverpool man makes England return ‘priority’

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Rafa Benitez has set out his aim to move back to England, with the former Liverpool manager making the Barclays Premier League a ‘top priority’ for his next job.

Benitez is currently out of work, and in the market for a new management position, after his ill-fated run at Inter Milan came to an end in 2010 after just six months.

And the manager, who coached Liverpool for six years and won the club their fifth Champions League trophy, says that a return to England is what he wants as his career progresses.


 

"The priority is England," Benitez said. "Because I think that the way that I work as a manager is suited to the Premier League.

"I have had two or three phone calls from different agents telling me about teams in different countries making big money offers. Not the same level of league as the Premier League, but big money.

"The main things has to be, if possible, is they have to be a competitive team, a team which can win competitions, whether that be a cup competition or a league, Europe, whatever. I talked with my staff and we analysed the structure of the teams, the average age of their players and the possibilities of investment in the club in the future."

A return to Liverpool would appear near impossible for Benitez, with Kenny Dalglish firmly entrenched at the Anfield club.

And Manchester United is also an unlikely possibility, with Sir Alex Ferguson insisting he’s not considering retiring, and coupled with Ferguson’s history with Benitez, the manager would most likely quash any possibility of the Liverpool man making a move to Old Trafford.

Arsenal may be a possible destination for Benitez, with Arsene Wenger currently undergoing scrutiny for not having won a trophy in going on to seven years, while Harry Redknapp is favourite to take on the England management job next June, which would free up a sport at Tottenham.

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