Benitez denies link with Chelsea job

The agent of former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez insists that there has been no approach from Chelsea over replacing Andre Villas-Boas, Sky Sports reports.

Reports suggested Benitez was in line to replace Villas-Boas, who is under severe pressure after a bad start to his managerial career. With Fernando Torres misfiring in a Chelsea shirt, owner Roman Abramovich was reportedly looking to bring in Torres’ former manager in a hope to change fortunes. Chelsea have won just two of their last 10 Premier League games, but Villas-Boas is expected to remain in charge.

Benitez has been out of work since his sacking from Inter Milan in December 2010 and has a good track record of success with Liverpool and Valencia. The Spaniard was linked with Paris Saint Germain before Christmas, but was not interested in the job and now Benitez’s agent has cleared up matters with Chelsea. Agent Manuel Garcia Quilon insists that there is nothing official between his client and the Blues, but Benitez is interested in a return to Premier League football.

Quilon said: ‘There is nothing official. It is only media speculation and we have not been approached by Chelsea. We would only evaluate that possibility once there is an offer. Benitez’s priority is to coach in the Premier League.’

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