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Benitez eyes Premier League job after Chelsea exit

Benitez wants to stay in England (©GettyImages)
Benitez wants to stay in England (©GettyImages).

Chelsea interim boss Rafa Benitez has admitted he is looking for his next job in football despite the fact he has two games left as Chelsea manager, including the Europa League final.

Benitez was bought in as a temporary replacement to Roberto di Matteo who was sacked earlier this season.

Despite his unpopularity the Spaniard has already secured Champions League qualification for the Blues and can help them claim another European trophy in Amsterdam against Benfica on Wednesday.

Jose Mourinho is tipped to take over at Stamford Bridge in the summer while Benitez is believed to be in contention to replace the 'Special One' at Real Madrid.

However Benitez has revealed he would like to stay in England and take over another Premier League team.

It [the job search] is started already, the agents are working," he said when quizzed about his future. "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."

One possible move for Benitez in the Premier League could be to Everton with David Moyes on his way to Manchester United this summer.

However the former Liverpool boss may find it difficult to head back to Merseyside - and Benitez hinted he would only be interest in one of the big jobs if it became available.

"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 a 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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