Should Real Madrid fail to sign Carlo Ancelotti in the summer, then they will reportedly turn to departing Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez.
Whilst Paris Saint-Germain continue to indicate that they want to keep hold of Ancelotti, in spite of his now declared wish to leave, to reportedly sign with Madrid as Jose Mourinho’s replacement this summer, Los Merengues are said to be considering alternative options.
One of those, according to reports on Monday, is outgoing Chelsea manager Benitez, who previously worked at the Santiago Bernabeu as a member of the coaching staff at youth level, overseeing for two seasons in the mid-1990s the B team.
On from spells with Valencia, Liverpool and Inter since, Benitez has endured a difficult six months at Stamford Bridge this term thanks to a poor relationship with the Blues’ supporters, but has delivered the Europa League and third place in the Premier League.
Madrid are seen as considering Benitez in light of a reluctance to have to buy Ancelotti out of his €4m contract at PSG.
Reports in Italy today suggest that Napoli are also looking at Benitez, whilst in France they say he is on the shortlist to replace Carlo Ancelotti at Paris Saint-Germain.
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