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Benitez wants Premier League stay

13 May 2013 10:56

Chelsea's interim boss Rafael Benitez wants to continue managing in the Premier League next season.

The London club sit third in the English top flight and will contest the final of the UEFA Europa League against Benfica on Wednesday.

But the Spaniard is set to depart Stamford Bridge at the end of the season after enduring a tumultuous relationship with the club's fans due to his past tenure at rivals Liverpool.

He would like to remain in a managerial role in England but conceded he may have to look elsewhere.

"It has started already (looking for a new job), the agents are working," the 53-year-old said.

"The priority is still England, but if you cannot find a club, maybe you have to go abroad.

"The Premier League is a fantastic league. My family still live in England, so it would be easier. If not, I will go abroad. I have no problem with the Spanish, Italian or French (leagues).

"When I was not working, some people said, 'he cannot get a job' - but I had a lot of offers.

"There are two options for the future - to get a project, two or three years to build a team like at Liverpool. Or maybe a top side with money, where you can buy some players and challenge for trophies from the beginning."

Chelsea defeated Aston Villa 2-1 on Saturday to all but confirm their place in next season's UEFA Champions League, they finish their league campaign at home to Everton on Sunday.

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