Benitez sweet on managing Real

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has spoken of his love for Real Madrid, describing the club as his "sweetheart".

Last Updated: 19/02/13 at 16:48 Post Comment

Rafael Benitez: Has called Real Madrid his 'sweetheart'

Rafael Benitez: Has called Real Madrid his 'sweetheart'

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has spoken of his love for Real Madrid, describing the club where he began his career as his "sweetheart".

Benitez is expected to leave Chelsea this summer and has been tipped to replace Real manager Jose Mourinho, who is also thought to be on his way out of his current post.

In an interview on Radio Nacional de Espana, Benitez spoke about how his success at Liverpool had made life difficult for him at Stamford Bridge and how he was interested in taking over from Vicente Del Bosque as head coach of Spain when the 62-year-old ends his association with La Roja.

Benitez also discussed his love for Los Blancos. Benitez joined his home-town club when he was just 13-years-old and he went on to play for the reserve team before returning to form part of Del Bosque's coaching staff during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Given that Mourinho still has three years left on his deal, Benitez was reluctant to speak too much about Real but he did agree that the club holds a special place in his heart.

"I have a contract (with Chelsea) until the end of the season and I am going to do everything possible for this club to have the best success," Benitez said.

"Real Madrid have a determined manager with a contract and this deserves respect. As a manager, you always have your sweetheart. I have a link with the fans and they have treated me well.

"I arrived at (Real) Madrid when I was 13 years old and I'm from Madrid. But I don't want to get involved in this speculation because my words aren't always interpreted."

Benitez's stock may not be so high among the Blues fans who have objected to his appointment, but in Spain the 52-year-old's reputation is strong after his time at Valencia, where he won two Primera Division titles and a UEFA Cup. The Spaniard, of course, also led Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2005.

Benitez is one of the front-runners to replace Del Bosque when his reign as national head coach comes to an end and the former Inter Milan boss admits he would be interested in taking the job.

"I have a good relationship with Vicente," Benitez said of the Spain boss, whose contract expires next summer.

"But I can't rule out one day becoming national coach when Vicente leaves.

"It's something I will look at in the future, although for this I have to continue in elite football and keep doing things well."

Benitez has been subjected to a torrent of abuse since he took up his position at Stamford Bridge last November. Chelsea's fans sing the name of the man he replaced - Roberto Di Matteo - at every game and banners calling for their temporary boss to leave have appeared at times among the Chelsea support.

Benitez thinks the reason the Stamford Bridge faithful have not take to him during his three months in charge is because of his success at Liverpool, where he also won the FA Cup in 2006.

He added: "The biggest problem is that I was manager of Liverpool and I am paying for the success I had at Liverpool.

"Nevertheless, I will keep working hard with professionalism, I am focused on achieving success with Chelsea. I am the happiest man in the world when we win a game.

"We are a team in transition and we are the team which has played the most games in all of Europe.

"You cannot do everything you want to do on a tactical level when you only have so much time."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

P

robably the first list I've come across in a long time where I agree with a large majority of what was written. Can't agree with everything though, Zaba has had an awful season by his standards, I'd put Monreal (a player who I've never rated) up there, gotta give credit where it's due, he's really stepped up his game.

scroteymcbooger
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

S

ome top analysis here..... UNITED WOULD BE TOP IF IT WEREN'T FOR ALL THEM GAMES THEY LOST

benvo81
United Progress Stifled By Bottom-Half Record

N

ice work John.. have to agree with everything. Never measure your wealth in money.

wexford_blue
We're Not All Jealous Guys...

Footer 365

Arsene Wenger only wants to bring 'world-class' players to Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has revealed he is only looking to add “top, world-class players” to his Arsenal squad this summer.

Chelsea are the example to other clubs, says Gary Neville

Other Premier League clubs should take Chelsea's lead if they are to be more successful, says Gary Neville.

Stephen McManus says Motherwell are full of confidence

Stephen McManus says Motherwell are full of confidence despite being adrift in the Scottish Premiership playoff place.

Mail Box

Arsenal Need Three. These Three...

One mailboxer has the realistic answers to Arsenal's summer transfer needs. We also have plenty more on Newcastle fans, handballs, Chelsea selling and Johnny...

Blaming Van Gaal For United Slump...

Wayne Rooney in midfield, the same balls aimed at Marouane Fellaini...Louis van Gaal has to find a solution. And a Burnley fan embraces relegation...

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