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

W

ell that really inspires me with confidence. No point in training, deciding on a coherent formation, or playing players in their best positions, let's just hope we get lucky.

mumbo_jimbo
Van Gaal: Luck is key

I

believe this is because for sepp Christmas is a 7 day feast finishing on the 25th

hiya
Blatter calls for early final

F

alcao really needs to shine now. Apparently according to the stats, he scores more when played up front alone. I wonder if Van Gaal will actually apply a formation to get the best out of him though.

anthracyte
Van Persie lay-off expected

Footer 365

Mark Hughes angered by officials in Stoke win over Hull

Mark Hughes was pleased with Stoke's 1-0 win over Hull but angered after the officials missed a challenge on Stephen Ireland.

Sean Dyche downbeat after Burnley lose to Swansea defeat at Turf Moor

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says his side must start turning performances into wins after losing 1-0 to Swansea at Turf Moor.

Jonas Gutierrez wants top-10 finish for Newcastle after return

Jonas Gutierrez has targeted a top-10 finish with Newcastle after returning to the squad for the win against Aston Villa.

Mail Box

Are Tottenham Right To Redevelop?

It's a really good Friday afternoon Mailbox, with thoughts on Spurs' ground development, the Europa league (leave it alone) and one man running for a very good cause...

Rodgers Is More Of A Paisley Than A Rafa

Most Liverpool fans in the Mailbox are claiming to be pleased to see the back of the Europa League. Plus merging the Europa and Champions League, and winter WC...

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