Chelsea boss Benitez wanted by Real Madrid members to succeed Mourinho
Interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has been backed by Real Madrid's members to succeed current Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, a former incumbent of the position at Stamford Bridge, ESPN has reported.
Madrid based newspaper Marca recently ran a poll of the members of Real Madrid on who they would like to see take over from Mourinho, who some expect to step down at the end of this current season. The results show that Benitez is the favourite ahead of current Germany coach Joachim Low and Swansea manager Michael Laudrup.
Benitez, a former youth team coach at Real Madrid, is only tied to Chelsea until the end of the season, and the Spaniard may be tempted by a move to the Bernabeu, especially if Chelsea fail to tie him down to a new contract in the summer.
Benitez has had a rough start to his time at Stamford Bridge, with many fans audibly upset at the appointment of the former Liverpool manager following Roberto Di Matteo's sacking. While Premier League results have been promising, failure at the World Club Cup and a first leg loss in the League Cup semi-final to Swansea has once again put the burden of pressure back on Benitez.
In an interview earlier in the year, Benitez was asked about the possible Real Madrid links, and replied: “I know things but I am not going to talk about Real Madrid, because I believe I should not.”
Laudrup has made a promising start to his time with Swansea, having taken over from Brendan Rodgers at the start of the season. The Welsh side have been winning praise for their form in the Premier League, where they currently sit 8th, just seven points outside the Champions League spots.
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