Rafael Benitez rejected move to Real Madrid in 2009

Published 5 Comments

Football News

Rafael Benitez rejected the chance to become Real Madrid manager in 2009, because he was still in the Liverpool hot-seat at the time.

That’s the claim made by Los Blancos chief Florentino Perez, as relayed by the Liverpool Echo, who says that he offered the Santiago Bernabeu position to Benitez six years ago.

Perez on Benitez

The ex-Reds manager, who was teary eyed when he was officially appointed Real’s new boss earlier this summer, chose to decline Perez’s proposal however, instead wishing to stay at Anfield.


Do you have what it takes? Sign up today and send over your 250 word test article:

“I thought of him in 2009 and offered him the job," he said.

“The circumstances didn’t allow it because he had renewed with Liverpool and couldn’t leave them. Benitez is Spanish, a Madridista.

“Rafa Benitez is the best for Madrid at this time.

“He knows the culture, the values, and is from this house.”

The aftermath

Of course only a year later Benitez was sacked by Liverpool, and a failed spell with Inter Milan followed. Real meanwhile opted for Manuel Pellegrini, who lasted just a year before being ousted in favour of Jose Mourinho.

It was Carlo Ancelotti though, who Benitez replaced this summer, with many wondering whether or not the ex-Napoli boss is good enough for one of the most powerful seats in football.

Benitez job

The Real position is notoriously difficult to hold down, and an exceptionally demanding job to have given how much pressure the manager is from both the board and the fans.

With a failure to sign David de Gea this summer - Perez’s top target - Benitez might have already got off on the wrong foot, and with his side only managing to draw against newly-promoted Sporting Gijon, questions have already been asked over his suitability.

Real fans, do you think Benitez is the right man moving forward for your club? Let us know in the comments box below.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Real Madrid
Premier League

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again