Former Liverpool head coach Rafael Benitez wants a Premier League to return but is planning on waiting for the perfect club before choosing his next club.
Benitez left his role as the manager of Dalian Professional by mutual consent on Saturday last week. The former Liverpool and Newcastle boss has been contacted by a number of clubs both home and abroad in recent weeks, most recently Napoli, who have endured a frustrating campaign under current manager Gennaro Gattuso.
The 69-year-old remains hugely popular in Naples and still enjoys good relations with the club’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis.
Benitez’s family home remains on the Wirral, however, and privately the Spaniard has told friends that his next project will be in the Premier League.
For now, he will not be taking up any vacancy which may arise at Celtic, nor will he consider renewing his working partnership with Mike Ashley at Newcastle United.
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has called Rafael Benitez and has given coach Gennaro Gattuso 10 days to turn things around. ADL spoke to the former Napoli coach on the phone after the disappointing 3-1 defeat to Hellas Verona. (@CorSport via @footballitalia)— SSC Nap⚽️li News (@SSCNapoliNews_) January 26, 2021