The Chelsea boss gave away a clue to his future; as he effectively ruled out the possibility of a return to Serie A after the Europa League win last night.
So Chelsea have made history under the guidance of Rafa Benitez. After winning a different European competition for the second time in succession they have also joined the elite selection of clubs to have won all three of European club footballs biggest prizes; the European Cup, the UEFA Cup/Europa League and the now extradited Cup Winners Cup.
They join Juventus, Ajax and Bayern Munich as the only other clubs to complete that feat after beating Benfica with a late header from Branislav Ivanovic.
Sure for the first hour Benfica passed them off the park but history does not remember possession stats it will simply be acknowledged that Chelsea FC is the name engraved into the Europa League trophy.
After the game various media outlets spoke to Chelsea fans on their way back from Amsterdam. Whether on their way to hotels or Schiphol airport for the late-night flight back to London they were still not entirely indebted to their Spanish manager.
Most were quick to praise the players. They did it in spite of Rafa not because of him was the general feeling.
Although there was some thaw in that dynamic. Many a Chelsea fan also expressed a degree of respect for the way in which he has conducted himself at the club during his tumultuous interim reign as gaffer.
But while he is not wanted at Chelsea next season he is certainly wanted elsewhere.
The rumour mill has already started churning about the former Liverpool bosses next destination with the likes of Everton even being mentioned as a possibility.
So after the game, with the worlds media present, Italian press decided to cheekily ask him about his future with Corriere dello Sport quizzing him on a potential return to Internazionale; to which Rafa responded ominously:
"All'Inter? No, torno a Londra"
For those about as up on their Italian as me that roughly translates to ‘’Inter? No, I go back to London.’’
Why surely he doesn’t mean Chelsea as he has already made it clear he is not going to remain at Stamford Bridge next season.
Perhaps he simply means he will take some time off and stay in his London abode for a little while; resting his feet and twiddling his thumbs after a good campaign with The Blues.
Or maybe there is a team for him in the capital; Fulham.
Martin Jol’s position at the club has recently been called into question after an end of season slump and Rafa would surely love to get one over on the team that gave him so much grief by taking over their local rivals.
West Ham, Tottenham and Arsenal would all appear out of the question leaving only the likes of QPR as a potential destination; something it is hard to see happening.
But Fulham? That might be just right.
Do you think Benitez will work in London next season?
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