Benitez eyes Premier League return

Updated: 03 April 2011 21:06 IST

Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has set his sights on securing a job in the Premier League next season. Benitez left Liverpool at the end of last season after a six-year reign which included winning the Champions League in 2005 and the FA Cup in 2006.

Benitez eyes Premier League return

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Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has set his sights on securing a job in the Premier League next season.

Benitez left Liverpool at the end of last season after a six-year reign which included winning the Champions League in 2005 and the FA Cup in 2006.

The Spaniard then moved to European champions Inter Milan, but his spell in Italy came to a premature end when he was sacked just before Christmas.

Benitez has had several job offers from European and international teams since leaving the San Siro but none has tempted the former Valencia boss to return to management.

However, the 50-year-old, who still has a house on Merseyside, is certain to get back in the game sooner rather than later and he says a club in England would be ideal.

Asked about his future on BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme, he said: "The priority is the Premier League, because the style is better for me."

Benitez's Liverpool career came to an acrimonious end as his side suffered their worst season for over a decade amid reports he had fallen out with several players.

A move to Aston Villa or Everton could suit him as both clubs have the potential to challenge for honours but are currently underachieving.

"You can't say we will build something and spend three, four or five years waiting for trophies," Benitez added.

"You have to find the right balance, a club that can win or try to win right now but at the same time prepare for the future.

"At this moment in time I don't have any offer. Before I did, but now I don't have any offers.

"I have had some offers abroad and some national teams, but I needed to stay with the family ... relax a little bit and be ready for the next challenge."

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