Benitez believes he has proven his worth in stormy Chelsea tenure

Interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez believes he has proven himself during his controversial tenure at Stamford Bridge, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The former Liverpool boss’ time in west London is due to come to an end at the end of the season after he was hired on a short-term basis to replace Roberto Di Matteo, the former Chelsea midfielder who was sacked in November 2012, six months after guiding Chelsea to victory in the Champions League final.

Benitez believes that after his spell at Chelsea, he deserves to be on the shortlist of any European powers seeking a new boss this summer, with ambitious Monaco the latest to be linked with the Spaniard.

I’m managing a top side and given the circumstances of everything around I think we are doing a good job,” Benitez said.

People all around can argue about it but with the circumstances we have had, the number of games, the problems with the Africa Cup of Nations and going to Japan [for the Club World Cup], you put everything together, we are there.

People can see what I have achieved in the past. We are talking two years ago not 20 years ago. If you are at a top side, everyone can see you. A professional – not just a fan – can analyse things. I think we have a lot of positives,” he added.

The Mirror also claims that Benitez will be in contention to land the job at boyhood club Real Madrid, should Jose Mourinho depart the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.

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