Is Rafa Benitez Angling for a Bundesliga Job?

After resurfacing recently in England and doing the media rounds, Spanish coach Rafa Benitez has given an interview in which he praises the Bundesliga raising the possibility that the out of work 62-year-old could be putting his name on the market should the right opportunity in Germany arise.

Benitez, who lists Valencia, Liverpool, Inter, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Napoli, Newcastle, Everton, and Chinese side Dalian as his former clubs is by no means ready to retire and the working in Germany is something he would consider.

“I like the Bundesliga, it’s stadia, its financial control – I follow it” he told Kicker Sportmagazin in an interview. “Franz Beckenbauer was my idol when I was younger. Currently I find it great how Union Berlin and Freiburg are mixing it at the top and find it interesting.

“I don’t want to say anything concrete about Bayern, even if I know what you mean by the question [he had been asked when he could be expected in Germany with Bayern]. But they have a good, young trainer in Julian Nagelsmann. Yes, basically the Bundesliga would be a big challenge.”

Having taken roles at Newcastle and Everton in the Premier League, Benitez has shown that he is prepared to coach teams not in the typical top bracket, but with ambition, support, and money.

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In terms of the Bundesliga right now, Bayer Leverkusen seem the most likely to be in need of a new coach imminently, whereas it is not beyond the realms of possibility that VfL Wolfsburg or VfB Stuttgart could be looking for a new man at the helm sooner rather than later.

Although the Bundesliga has a lot to attract him, there are no doubt going to be opportunities in the Premier League soon with trigger happy owners prepared to make a change early in the season if their team is at the wrong end of the table.

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