Real Madrid: Why Rafael Benitez Wouldn't Be Ideal to Replace Jose Mourinho

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Real Madrid: Why Rafael Benitez Wouldn't Be Ideal to Replace Jose Mourinho
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Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has been linked once more with a move to take over as the new Real Madrid boss for next season, if current incumbent Jose Mourinho vacates his post.

Benitez admitted that he has a long-held affinity for the Spanish club and their supporters, but stopped short of saying he actually wanted the job in summer (via ESPN):

I have a link with the fans and they have treated me well. I arrived at Real Madrid when I was 13-years-old and I'm from Madrid, but I don't want to get involved in this speculation because my words aren't always interpreted.

I have a contract (with Chelsea) until the end of the season and I am going to do everything possible for this club to have the best success.

Benitez is likely to eventually end up as Real Madrid boss sooner or later, but from the point of view of both club and manager, it might be better if it wasn't just yet.

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