Spaniard guided Blues into the Champions League on Saturday.
‘Interim’ Chelsea head coach Rafael Benitez says that he has already started looking for a new job for next season, reports BBC Sport Online.
The Spaniard, 53, has been in charge at Stamford Bridge since last November, when he took over from previous Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo.
However, the ex-Valencia, Liverpool and Inter Milan trainer has not proved a popular appointment with the west London club’s fans due to his previous association with their fierce rivals from Anfield.
And despite guiding Chelsea into Wednesday’s Europa League final in Amsterdam against Benfica, as well as a place in the top four of the Premier League, and with it entry into next season’s Uefa Champions League, Benitez is still expected to be relieved of his duties come the summer.
But Benitez confirmed that his agent was already looking for a new role for him for after Chelsea and that his preference was to remain coaching in the English top flight.
“It is started already, the agents are working,” said Benitez.
“The priority is still England, but, if you cannot find a club, maybe you have to go abroad.
“The Premier League is a fantastic league. My family still live in England, so it would be easier. If not, I will go abroad.
“There are two options for the future: to get a project, two or three years to build a team like at Liverpool; or maybe a top side with money, where you can buy some players and challenge for trophies from the beginning.”
Benitez has won 26 of his 46 matches in charge of Chelsea, losing ten times, in his six-month tenure.