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Rafa targets Premier League return

April 3, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez says his "priority" is to return to the Premier League when he ends his coaching hiatus.

Rafael Benitez lasted six months at Inter
GettyImages / MarwanNaamaniRafael Benitez lasted six months at Inter

The Spaniard has been unemployed since losing his job at Italian champions Inter in December, and claims to have had offers from both club and international sides.

However, Benitez is keen to return to England after spending five years at Liverpool, where he won the Champions League and FA Cup before being sacked last summer.

Asked about his future on BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme, Benitez said: "The priority is the Premier League, because the style is better for me.

"You can't say we will build something and spend three, four or five years waiting for trophies. You have to find the right balance, a club that can win or try to win right now but at the same time prepare for the future.

"At this moment in time I don't have any offer. Before I did, but now I don't have any offers. I have had some offers abroad and some national teams, but I needed to stay with the family ... relax a little bit and be ready for the next challenge."