Report: West Ham and Liverpool-linked Rafa Benitez poised to sign new deal at Napoli

Former Liverpool Rafa Benitez boss looks set to extend his stay at Napoli amid links of a return to the Premier League.

According to Spanish publication AS, former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is on the verge of signing a new deal at Serie A side Napoli after a positive meeting with club president Aurelio de Laurentiis.

The Spanish tactician has been linked with a move away from the Italian club this season with talks of a return to the Premier League on the cards.

His popularity on Merseyside remains strong, and during the Reds’ 2-1 victory over Premier League strugglers QPR on Saturday, a plane banner reading ‘Rodgers out, Rafa in’ flew over Anfield.

Benitez is also listed as the joint favourite for the West Ham job this summer alongside David Moyes by Oddschecker.

Yet, those supporters wishing for their former idol to return to return to the Reds or start a new adventure in East London look set to be disappointed in the latest reports are to be believed.

“Despite the rumours surrounding his future in recent months, it appears Rafa Benítez is on the verge of signing a new deal to remain at Napoli,” the report states,

The 55-year-old has guided Napoli to the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa in his first two seasons in charge but has much bigger plans for the club.

During Sunday’s meeting with De Laurentiis, Benítez reportedly made demands to remain in charge of the side including investment in the youth teams and new installations to help Napoli become a European heavyweight.

The Napoli president confirmed as much on the club’s official radio station and it is thought he wants to tie Benitez down to a long-term contract in the region of four of five years.

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