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Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Rafa Benitez dodges Juventus speculation

Soccernet staff

Rafael Benitez has refused to comment on speculation that Juventus are hoping to lure him to Italy as a replacement for the struggling Ciro Ferrara.

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Juventus are reported to have targeted Benitez, along with former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink, after seeing Ferrara lead the side to a dismal run of five defeats in six Serie A games.

It is widely believed that defeat in the Coppa Italia quarter-final against Inter Milan on Thursday night will finally seal Ferrara's fate but Benitez is unwilling to speculate on whether a move to Serie A would appeal.

"I prefer to talk about the game," Benitez said following Liverpool's 0-0 draw with Wolves. "Is the speculation a distraction? I was really focused today on trying to do the right things and to try and win this game. Is being linked with Juventus flattering? I prefer to concentrate on the game."

Tuesday's stalemate at Molineux means Liverpool are three points shy of fourth-placed Tottenham, but Manchester City, Aston Villa and Birmingham can all overtake the Reds if they win their two games in hand.

Benitez has been under severe pressure this season having exited all three cup competitions and seen Liverpool fail to mount a title challenge.

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