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Chelsea boss eyeing Spain job

Benitez has his eye on the future (© Getty Images)
Benitez has his eye on the future (© Getty Images).

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez says he would be open to managing Spain one day - but insists he is focused on the task in hand at Stamford Bridge for the time being.

Benitez took over from Roberto di Matteo on an interim basis following the Italian's sacking in November following Chelsea's failure to make it past Champions League group stages.

Benitez has struggled to win over the Stamford Bridge faithful and is yet to find any consistency in his results, although Chelsea have won their last three games in all competitions.

The top job in Spain may become available if national coach Vicente de Bosque decides to step down next year.

Del Bosque has guided La Roja to glory in the three consecutive major tournaments - the first team in history to do so - but is yet to commit himself to the job beyond the 2014 World Cup.

Benitez says he would be interested in taking up the reigns if Del Bosque decides to quit, but insists that it is not something he is contemplating for now.

"I don't rule out becoming the Spain coach, if and when Vicente decides to leave," said Benitez, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid once his contract with Chelsea comes to an end in the summer.

"It's something I would envision for further down the line, although to achieve that I have to continue in elite football and keep on doing well."

Benitez was quick to deny stories linking him with Jose Mourinho's job at Real Madrid however, although he did leave the door open to a move in the future.

"I have a contract until the end of the season with Chelsea and I will do everything possible to help this club.

"Real Madrid also have a coach with an existing contract and that deserves respect.

"As a coach, you always have your heart and I went to Madrid when I was 13, but I do not want to get into that speculation because my words are not always interpreted."

Benitez added: "I am focused on having success with Chelsea. We are a team in transition and we are the team which has played the most games in all of Europe. You cannot do everything you want to do on a tactical level when you only have so much time."

Benitez would do his prospects of landing the Spain job no harm if he is able to help Fernando Torres rediscover his best form, something he has so far been largely unable to do.

Torres' inability to find any semblance of consistency since his £50 million move to Chelsea in 2011 has finally cost him his place in the Spanish in recent months - but Benitez believes the former Liverpool man can work his way back into Del Bosque's thoughts.

"I think Fernando will return to the squad," he said. "The decision is completely down to Vicente, of course, but I see the work Fernando does and I think he's coming back."

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