Rafa Benitez targets ‘top side’ after Chelsea

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Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez is hoping to land a position with a ‘top side’ once his spell at Stamford Bridge comes to an end.

The Spaniard has confirmed he will leave his post as ‘interim’ chief at the end of the season, with supporters failing to take to the former Liverpool boss despite some positive results.

Chelsea remain on course for a double after knocking Manchester United out of the FA Cup, whilst Rubin Kazan are next on the agenda in a Europa League quarter-final.

Victory in both competitions is unlikely to sway Benitez – or the fans – on his decision, and he’s admitted he’d like to manage another top side either in England or abroad when his contract expires.

ESPN quote him as saying: "I like to win and challenge for trophies. I like to stay in a top side. Why not in England?"

However, Benitez was eager to point out that his focus remains on the job at hand in west London, with the former Valencia manager desperate to taste success on the King’s Road.

"I have a contract, I am really pleased with the contract. I will try and concentrate on Rubin Kazan and not think about the summer," he added.

Benitez took over at Chelsea back in November after owner Roman Abramovich sacked former midfielder Roberto Di Matteo.

And, whilst his reception has been hostile at times, defender Ryan Bertrand believes there has been a change in tune at Stamford Bridge recently, and admits he’s enjoyed his time working under the Spaniard.

“There's a slight difference in ambience around the club when there's a win," said the left-back

"There wasn't so much emphasis on it being Manchester United, it's just good to get a win. I've enjoyed my time so far under him and we'll just leave it down to the club."

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