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Benitez: I want to be next Chelsea manager

FORMER Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has declared an interest in the vacant position at Stamford Bridge.

When asked if an approach had been made, he said: "You ask directly, I cannot answer directly.

"In football a lot of people are talking so we will see what happens in the next few days. I am looking for a club that can challenge for trophies and Chelsea is one of these clubs.

"I have to talk with my agent and see what he has been doing the last couple of days. But I am just trying to go to a team that can win."

Benitez, 52, won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005. He left the Reds in 2010 and went on to briefly manage Inter Milan before leaving the club.

Bookmakers have installed him as one of the favourites to take over at Chelsea, along with former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola and ex-Spurs boss Harry Redknapp.