Report: Rafa Benitez turns down Napoli contract, Manchester City make contact

Rafa Benitez

Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez could be set to take charge at Manchester City next season.

Benitez has been linked with a return to England this season, and he has been quoted by Football Italia as confirming that he had received two offers to leave Napoli.

The Serie A side are set to lose him at the end of the season, with his contract expiring, and, although talks have been ongoing to see him extend his deal, Calciomercato have reported that the Spanish coach will not agree a new deal - and will leave at the end of the campaign.

The report indicates that Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has been disappointed with Benitez’s spell in Italy, which, whilst it has brought a Coppa Italia, has never seen them properly challenge for the league title.

De Laurentiis is attempting to usher him out of the club, and there are two potential destinations for Benitez for next term, according to the report. A return to Liverpool is on the cards should Brendan Rodgers leave Anfield, but it is Manchester City who are said to be favourites for his signature, and have already made contact with him, as per the story.

Current City boss Manuel Pellegrini could well be leaving the Etihad at the end of the season should they fail to win any silverware, as per the Daily Mail, and Benitez has been shortlisted as a potential replacement, alongside Atletico Madrid man Diego Simeone.

The Mirror were the people publishing Liverpool’s reported interest for a return of their former boss - who led the club to the 2005 Champions League - with the Spaniard’s family still living on Merseyside.

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