Liverpool finances will affect Benitez's future

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Manager Rafael Benitez intends to see out the remaining four years of his contract at Liverpool but his future could be decided by the club's financial position, according to the Spaniard's agent Manuel Garcia Quilon.

Quilon also claimed an unnamed Chinese investor was interested in buying out co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett and keeping Benitez on as manager.

"The intention of Benitez is to fulfil the contract that he has with Liverpool until 2014 but it's true that the club is subject to fluctuations in their financial situation," said the Spaniard's agent.

But if that did not happen then Quilon said the two Americans would have to find a solution to the club's current financial restrictions - Liverpool are currently trying to slice £100million off their £237million debt - to prevent Benitez considering his future.

The Liverpool boss has been linked with Juventus again this week, with the Serie A club reportedly having made him their number one target back in January, while it seems likely the Real Madrid post will become vacant again this summer.

However, Quilon said Benitez's future would only be defined by the club's owners.

He added: "They could influence the future of the club and therefore Benitez as well.

"The Chinese have an interest because they have called Rafa and told him that their condition for buying the club is that he continues as coach."

Quilon said Benitez remained a potential candidate for some of the top jobs in Europe but that there had been no discussion about him leaving Liverpool.

"For now (Real) Madrid have not made a move to sign him," he told Spanish newspaper AS.

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