Chelsea’s interim coach Rafa Benitez says that he hopes to manage Liverpool for a second time in the future.
Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez says that it is “almost certain” he will take charge of former side Liverpool again.
The 52 year-old coach gave an interview to Spanish publication Marca in which he stated his desire to again take charge of his beloved Reds.
Benitez’s ties to Liverpool stretch beyond merely professional links as their former manager; he became attached to the very area.
His family still live on Merseyside, with his wife running the Montse Benitez Foundation locally, and both have been heavily involved in campaigning for the Hillsborough cause.
“I will return to Liverpool one day almost certainly, I just don’t know when, my daughters and wife are still living there,” said Benitez.
The Spaniard is actually doing a reasonable job at Stamford Bridge despite being undermined by a section of the Chelsea support unhappy at his appointment, and the West London club are still in with a chance of securing two trophies in the UEFA Europa League and FA Cup.
Chelsea also look set to secure a third place finish in the Premier League, having finished sixth last season, and perhaps with the full backing from the stands, the Blues might have been able to push Manchester City for second. They are now seven points behind with seven games remaining, which is probably too great a gap to overcome at this late stage.
At least Rafa Benitez remains a popular figure on Merseyside – at least amongst fans on the red side of Stanley Park.