Belfast Telegraph

Benitez wants return to 'top club'

Rafael Benitez has ambitions to return to management with a "top club" but refused to be drawn on a possible move to Chelsea.

The former Liverpool, Valencia and Inter Milan boss is currently out of work and is one of the favourites to replace Andre Villas-Boas, who was sacked by Chelsea on Sunday after less than a season in charge.

"I would like to have in the future a top side, a top club that can fight for titles and challenge. That was my idea when I came to Liverpool, after I went to Inter it was the same and Valencia was the same," he told Sky Sports News. "My experience is in the Champions League, to challenge and to try and win trophies."

The Spaniard, who won the Champions League with the Reds in 2005, offered his sympathy to Villas-Boas, but he was careful not to talk directly about Chelsea.

"I don't like to see any manager lose a job," he said. "Before, people were more patient but now you have to win almost every week. I have experience in Spain and Italy and it is even worse there, after two or three games you are under pressure."

Former Blues boss Jose Mourinho, currently with Real Madrid, is another name heavily linked with the Stamford Bridge hot seat.

Meanwhile, Roberto Di Matteo has told Chelsea's players they have a "duty" to rescue the club's season. The Italian has been appointed caretaker-manager until the end of the season.

He told Chelsea TV: "We have to focus on the next game, which is against Birmingham.

"We have to try to win the next game, which is how we are going to be from now until the end of the season - we are going to focus on game by game.

"Our duty now is to look forward and to try to get the results that we need in the league, the Champions League and in the FA Cup to have a good season."


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