Rafael Benitez: What next for the Chelsea interim manager?
Chelsea opinion: Benitez has proved that he still has what it takes to win major trophies
Chelsea's dream came true after overcoming Benfica to win the Europa League on Wednesday night.
A fantastic solo effort by Fernando Torres and a last-gasp header from Serbian international Branislav Ivanovic was enough for the Blues to see off Benfica and add another European trophy to their name.
However, with the Chelsea interim boss only at the club until the end of the season: what is next for Rafael Benitez?
Benitez, who was born in Madrid, has enjoyed a successful campaign with the London-based club. After Roberto Di Matteo became a legend with the Chelsea fans after his triumph in the Champions League it was always going to be hard for Benitez to settle in.
Benitez took Chelsea to the FA Cup semi-finals, won the Europa League and looks set to help the club to a third-place finish in the Premier League, which would ensure Champions League qualification.
Speaking before the final, Benitez told reporters: “Then there are two options for me. One is a top side where you can go straight in and compete for trophies. Or maybe a project. It depends on the project. You have to analyse carefully.
"It is my priority to stay in England but maybe I will have to look abroad and see if a top side is available in another country. It’s part of the thing that I have to do now.”
So, with Rafa playing his cards close to his chest, will he stay in England as he labelled it as his "priority" - or will he move back abroad?
Benitez proved he still has what it takes after bagging yet another European trophy. The Spaniard has experienced mixed success with Liverpool, Inter Milan and Valencia.
With Jose Mourinho, there has been huge speculation surrounding him and the hot-seat at the Bernabeu. A move to Real Madrid would suit Benitez because it is in his hometown, a big successful club with great successful players.
The fans may not take to him straight away; however, after one full season in charge they would see him as a hero. As for his current location, England, the only team where I could see him is his current side, Chelsea.
Will Roman Abramovich offer him a new contract or will Benitez be packing his bags and departing back off to Madrid?
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