Benitez: No Chelsea offer

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Former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has confirmed did not receive a 'proper offer' to succeed Andre Villas-Boas as manager of Chelsea.

Villas-Boas was sacked earlier this month after only eight months in charge of the Blues, with poor results and dressing room unrest enough to see Roman Abramovich relieve the Portuguese of his duties.

Benitez was strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge on an interim basis immediately following Villas-Boas' departure, but that opportunity went to Roberto di Matteo.

The Spaniard has been out of work since departed Inter Milan in December 2010, and has set his sights on a job in the Premier League as his next priority.

As of yet, however, it would appear that Chelsea is not among the possible destinations from Benitez, with no concrete proposal yet to be made to the 51-year-old.

"I'm waiting for a good offer in England, my family is settled here and I didn't have the right offer so far," said Benitez, speaking at the Soccerex Forum in Manchester.

"I'm not worried about it, I need to find the right club and the right project."

"I heard a lot of rumours about Chelsea but I didn't have a proper offer on the table."

Benitez is seemingly unlikely to be considered by Chelsea as a long-term replacement for Villas-Boas, and Pep Guardiola is reportedly Abramovich's ideal appointment.

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