Benitez drops Chelsea hint

Rafa Benitez has dropped his biggest hint yet that he would like to take the Chelsea manager's job on a permanent basis.

Last Updated: 27/01/13 at 11:18 Post Comment

Rafa Benitez: Appears keen to remain at Stamford Bridge long-term

Rafa Benitez: Appears keen to remain at Stamford Bridge long-term

The Spaniard's appointment until the end of the season was deeply unpopular with large sections of the club's fans, with the mood not helped by their exit from the Capital One Cup at the hands of Swansea in midweek.

But Benitez remains keen to make his mark at Stamford Bridge and insisted they are moving in the right direction.

"If you analyse all the managers, how many had pre-season here? Not me. How many managers have spent massive money here? Not me," he said.

"How many managers have played in Japan in the middle of the season with some players injured and they had players in the Africa Cup of Nations? It is just me.

"My conclusion is the reality is that if you put everything together and you will see why we are happy in the way we are doing things and the way the team is progressing."

Asked if he would like to stay on beyond the end of his current short-term deal, Benitez added: "I like to be at a top side and Chelsea is a top side with great potential. So I think it's a great opportunity."

Benitez also played down his suggestion that Chelsea are out of the title race, with the Blues having now closed to within 11 points of Premier League leaders Manchester United.

"If you play two or three games in a row and you can win in the Premier League, what will happen? You never know," he said.

"I think this team has enough quality and the squad is a good squad. The circumstances this year were more difficult.

"If this club - which is a top, top side - continue doing things in the right way, they will always be challenging for trophies."

To find out more about live football on Sky sports, Click here

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

O

ne of the conclusions from this list is that Man City should never buy a striker in January - good luck Wilfried Bony....

Savinator
F365's Top Ten Worst January Panic Buys

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

Footer 365

Capital One Cup: FA charges Chelsea striker Diego Costa over 'stamp' on Liverpool's Emre Can

The FA have charged Chelsea striker Diego Costa with violent conduct over his clash with Liverpool's Emre Can on Tuesday.

Transfer news: Arsenal complete the signing of Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista

Arsenal have completed the signing of Villarreal defender Gabriel on a long-term deal, for an undisclosed fee.

Gabriel Paulista has joined Arsenal from Villarreal, with striker Joel Campbell

Gabriel Paulista has joined Arsenal from Villarreal, with striker Joel Campbell going to the Spanish club on loan.

Mail Box

Erm... Balotelli To QPR..?

It's an afternoon Mailbox that offers the reaction to the reaction, with a defence for Diego Costa offered, and Balotelli mooted to move to QPR. Plus a silly idea about the Mails...

'Diego Costa Is A Thug.' Sore Losers..?

There is plenty of fallout from Diego Costa's stamps of authority on Tuesday's League Cup semi-final. Plus Blatter, Rodgers' substitutions and stretching the transfer truth...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company