Napoli eager for Liverpool legend Benitez to extend contract

The Napoli boss has an uncertain future, having rejected an extension to his contract in Italy after links to Manchester City, West Ham and Newcastle.

Rafa Benitez has snubbed an offer of a three-year deal from Serie A side Napoli, but the Italians are said to still be eager on securing him to the club beyond the current season, when his contract expires, according to reports by Sky Sports.

The Spaniard is a hero at Liverpool, where he managed for six years and still owns a home, and he also took charge of Chelsea for a season, helping the club win the Europa League despite opposition from Blues supporters.

His uncertainty in Italy has meant the former Valencia boss has once again been linked with Premier League positions of various stature, with current champions Manchester City said to be considering replacing Manuel Pellegrini with the Spaniard. West Ham United, with Sam Allardyce's future uncertain, and Newcastle United, who have John Carver in charge in a caretaking capacity until the end of the season, are also said to be following the 54-year-old's situation in Naples.

Benitez, who had previously said he was open to managing another club in England, is in his second season in charge at the Stadio San Paolo, and after finishing in third position last year, ensuring Champions League qualification, he is enduring somewhat of a more difficult spell this time round. Napoli are in 6th place in Serie A, eight points behind Lazio in third, and were knocked out of the Coppa Italia earlier in the week by the Rome side.

Having won trophies at each of his last five clubs, it is no surprise to see Benitez in demand, and if he does end up leaving Napoli in the summer, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him back in the Premier League.

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