Spaniard is not expected to still be at the Bridge beyond this campaign.
‘Interim’ Chelsea head coach Rafa Benitez could be offered an escape route from Stamford Bridge at the end of the season by big-spending Ligue 2 outfit AS Monaco, according to reports in the Sun.
The under-fire Spaniard has only been in charge of the West London giants since last November, when he replaced the popular Italian Roberto Di Matteo in the Blues dug-out.
However his appointment, unpopular with Chelsea fans at the time, has been an unmitigated PR disaster for the club and there is no chance whatsoever of the former Valencia, Liverpool and Inter Milan trainer remaining in the capital beyond the summer.
But, Benitez could be offered an immediate return to management by Monaco, who are on the verge of returning to Ligue 1 this season under ex-Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri.
And, despite the fact that Benitez has won just 21 of his 40 games in charge of Chelsea, while also overseeing disappointing domestic semi-final cup losses to both Swansea City and Manchester City, it is understood that the French outfit’s billionaire Russian owner Dmitriy Rybolovlev is determined to appoint him as the club’s new coach, attracted by his outstanding record in European club competitions over the years.