Interim Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez has emerged as the leading candidate to succeed Claudio Ranieri at AS Monaco, but the Spaniard is keen to see what happens with the managerial situations at Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City this summer, reports The Sun.

The 53-year-old has enjoyed his short-term stint back in the Premier League and wants to prolong his stay in England when his Stamford Bridge contract comes to an end in May.

Benitez is favourite to replace former Blues boss Ranieri at the Stade Louis II, despite the fact the Italian tactician has overseen a charge towards the Ligue 2 title in his first season in charge at Monaco.

However, the club's Russian billionaire owner, Dmitriy Rybolovlev, has big ambitions for a side that made it all the way to the Champions League final in 2004, and has set about drawing up a list of candidates to take over, once promotion back to France's top-flight is confirmed next term.

Monaco are ready to pay Benitez £1million-a-year, but it's understood the former Inter Milan and Liverpool boss would prefer to remain in the Premier League.

Having already been linked with the Real Madrid hot-seat - as rumours continue to circulate that Jose Mourinho is poised to make a sensational return to Chelsea - Benitez is anticipating something of a managerial merry-go-round ahead of the 2013/14 campaign.

Roberto Mancini is facing an uncertain future at the Etihad Stadium after Manchester City's failure to retain the Premier League title, and lack of progress in the Champions League, while Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has also been sounded out by Real Madrid, which would create a vacancy at White Hart Lane.

Either way, Benitez is determined to find a new job as quickly as possible, having been out of work for nearly two years after he left the San Siro in 2010, prior to taking up a temporary role at Stamford Bridge. But, he's not going to sell himself short, and will only consider offers from clubs capable of challenging for major honours.

 

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