With him reportedly being considered as Carlo Ancelotti’s replacement in Real Madrid, Rafael Benitez admits that he is thrilled by the prospect.

This was revealed by Benitez’s agent Manuel Garcia Quillon. “Rafa has been a Madrid player, a Madrid [youth] coach, and is from Madrid — so who would be upset by that?” Garcia Quillon said in an interview by the Quatro TV station. “I am not inside his head, but I would imagine he would be delighted to coach Real Madrid at some time.”

Benitez was part of the Real Madrid academy during his younger years, before becoming a member of the team’s coaching staff when he was 26 years old. He finally earned the chance to lead a squad in 1993, when he was put to the task of steering the reserve team. He also briefly held the assistant manager position for the first team. Benitez left Madrid in 1995 to coach Valladolid before handling several other teams, including Chelsea.

In 2013, the 55-year old signed up with Serie A team Napoli. However, he was not able to lift the Blues to any title run. In the latest, Naples acceded to Ukrainian team Dnipro in the semis of the Europa League. With the loss, there has been mounting speculations that this would be his last year with the Italian squad.

However, Garcia Quillon reiterated that there is still no definite offer coming from Madrid’s side for his client, and everything is still just a rumor. However, he noted that his ward has a close relationship with Real President Florentino Perez.

Aside from Benitez, another name that has popped up in the list of possible replacements for Ancelotti is Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp, who was bo9ted by a large portion online respondents as the most likely to be the Italian’s successor. Sevilla’s Unai Emery and Olympiakos’ Michel are also said to be considered.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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