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Rafael Benitez should snub Manchester City for Napoli stay

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Rafael Benitez should resist the temptation of the Manchester City job and instead opt to remain at Napoli.

The Spaniard, whose contract expires at the end of the season, is the favourite to take over from Manuel Pellegrini who is expected to be axed if he fails to win the Premier League title for a second successive year.

City are renown for firing managers regardless of their previous achievements, and if Benitez craves stability then he should remain at the Stadio San Paulo rather than take a massive risk in leaving for the Etihad Stadium.

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Napoli success

Benitez may have been loathed and despised during his brief stint in charge of Chelsea, but ever since taking the reins at Napoli in the summer of 2013 he has transformed the club into one of the best sides in the country.

One of his first acts was to sign Argentinean striker Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid, but despite scoring goals galore could be in line for a summer move to Liverpool with Brendan Rodgers keen to bolster his strikeforce for next season.

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Juventus and Roma engaged in a two-way tussle for the Scudetto, but Napoli finished a comfortable third with Benitez ensuring they remain in the Champions League for a third successive campaign.

There was also silverware in the form of the Coppa Italia, with a brace from Lorenzo Insigne and another from Dries Mertens giving the Spaniard a first piece of silverware at his new club.

This term they have had their troubles, particularly earlier in the season when Athletic Bilbao consigned them to the Europa League, but they are still in with a shout of reaching finishing in the top three with 10 games of the season to go.

City rumours

Pellegrini may have wrestled the Premier League title back from fierce rivals Manchester United last season but looks set to be axed if they fail to win a single trophy this time around.

And Benitez, who has also been regularly linked to the Newcastle United job ever since Alan Pardew left in December, is the man the club hierarchy want to lead them forward and guide them towards Champions League glory.

Yet the Spaniard should decline with the club hierarchy amongst the most demanding in world football. Mark Hughes was never afforded the time he needed to make his mark at the club, whilst Roberto Mancini was sacked despite winning the league title in 2012.

If anything, Benitez should wait until the opportunity of a return to former club Liverpool arises. Napoli is the perfect club for him and only the possibility of a second stint at Anfield should propel him out of the exit door.

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