Benitez eyes Premier League stay following Chelsea exit

Rafael Benitez has revealed his agents have already started looking for a new club for the current Chelsea manager, with the Spaniard confirming he wants to remain with a Premier League club, BBC Sport has reported.

However, the Europa League finalist admits if a suitable post in English football is not forthcoming, he would have to consider a position further afield. The interim Blues boss said: “It is started already, the agents are working. The priority is still England, but if you cannot find a club, maybe you have to go abroad.

The Premier League is a fantastic league. My family still live in England, so it would be easier. If not, I will go abroad. I have no problem with the Spanish, Italian or French (leagues).

Benitez was appointed the temporary Chelsea manager in November last year, replacing Roberto Di Matteo after the Champions League winner was sacked by owner Roman Abramovich. Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is widely expected to return to Stamford Bridge this summer, having left in 2007.

Benitez will leave Chelsea at the end of the season and has guided the club into the Premier League’s top four, after Chelsea finished sixth in the prior campaign, and will also contest the Europa League final against Benfica on Wednesday.

He previously managed Tenerife and Valencia, among other teams, in his native Spain, before moving to Liverpool in 2004, spending six years at Anfield before replacing Mourinho at Inter, after Mourinho took over at Real Madrid. Benitez’s Inter tenure was short, however, leaving in December 2010.

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