Benitez 'flattered' by Bayern but staying put

November 19, 2007

Rafael Benitez is flattered to be linked with Bayern Munich but insists he plans to be at Liverpool for years to come.

Liverpool's Spanish manager will not be tempted to leave the Reds - whichever club comes knocking at his door.

Benitez told his club's official website: 'I heard about the rumours at the weekend, and it is always flattering to be linked with other big clubs - because it must mean you are doing something right.

'But even if I was approached I would tell whichever club it was that I am really happy with my club, my squad, my supporters and my city.

'There are still many things which I want to do here, so I am planning on being here for a long time.'

Benitez added he is not planning to buy Athletic Bilbao's promising 19-year-old Javi Martinez, contrary to reports in the Spanish press.

He added: 'He is a young player who we know about, because Bilbao paid good money for him.

'But we are not watching the player and are not thinking about signing him, as I have read in the Spanish press.'