Benitez says he is hoping to return to the Premier League.
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Benitez says he is hoping to return to the Premier League.

Rafael Benitez has put himself in the shop window by declaring that a return to the Premier League is his "priority."

To date, the Spaniard has had three spells in English football, the first of which saw him establish himself as a firm fan favorite at Liverpool, guiding the club to Champions League glory on that fateful night in Istanbul.

After an ill-fated spell as interim manager at Inter Milan, he returned to the Premier League as an interim manager at Chelsea, and despite being a wildly controversial appointment among the Stamford Bridge faithful, he guided the club to Europa League success.

 

Following that, he had spells at Napoli and Real Madrid before returning to English football with Newcastle, where he was unable to save the Magpies from relegation to the Championship, before leading the North East giants back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

The Spaniard was a fan favorite at St James' Park, but he left in 2019 due to a squabble with controversial, Mike Ashley. 

Benitez chose to join Dalian in the Chinese Super League, but he left in January, citing worries about his family's health due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for his departure.

The 61-year-old is eager to return to management, and although he appears to be open to working anywhere in Europe, he acknowledges that a job in England is his ‘priority,' given that his family has remained in Merseyside since his time in charge at Liverpool.

The 61-year-old is, however, keen to get back in the managerial saddle, and while is seemingly open to working anywhere in Europe, he admits a job in England is his ‘priority’ – his family still residing on Merseyside since his days in charge at Liverpool.


“I moved to China because there were no top sides here, so I needed to keep competing and doing my job,” Benitez told Sky Sports.

“I’m watching every Premier League game and sometimes Championship games so that I’m always ready. The priority is England, the Premier League, my family is here… I like the style of football here. I’ll try to be ready here.

“I’m watching the Serie A because it’s a good league for me but there, in France, in Germany, in Portugal, I don’t see too many options… to have a project where you can develop players and make the team more competitive.”

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