Benitez will be regretting West Ham snub, hints Balague

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Rafa Benitez will be regretting his West Ham snub, hints Guillem Balague.

Rafa Benitez is out of work again after being fired by La Liga giants Real Madrid earlier this week.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has told SkySports that he believes the manager would have had a better time at West Ham had he accepted their offer.

Benitez was approached by the Hammers early last summer after Sam Allardyce was sacked, before they decided to appoint Slaven Bilic.

Balague said: "Before he signed for Real Madrid he almost signed for West Ham, and I think he would have enjoyed West Ham much more. He wants to come to the Premier League, quite clearly.

"By almost accepting West Ham suggests that he will be willing to go anywhere in the top 10 of the Premier League."

Benitez may have enjoyed West Ham more, but knew exactly what he was getting into by joining Real Madrid, and clearly felt it was too good an opportunity to turn down despite the risk of a quick dismissal, with the La Liga side notoriously impatient.

As far as potential destinations go, SkyBet already have a market on his next job, and list Newcastle United as his most likely Premier League appointment, followed by both Manchester City and Swansea City - which is currently vacant.

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