Benitez: Del Bosque watching Callejon

Rafael Benitez has said the Spain national team set-up are fully aware of the form of Jose Callejon for Napoli.

Speaking to Onda Cero and Radio Marca, Benitez added that Callejon had become integral to the Napoli team.

“People from the national team have told me they are watching Callejon,” Benitez said.

“Jose’s having a great season. He’s scoring goals, setting up teammates and has settled in well.

“Any Coach would like to have him. He adapts to whatever the team needs.”

Callejon moved to Napoli from Real Madrid in the summer after Benitez was installed as Coach of the Neapolitans.

The 27-year-old wasn’t the only player to swap Santiago Bernabeu for San Paolo as Gonzalo Higuain made the same journey.

“Here Higuain is appreciated,” Benitez said of the Argentina international.

“He needs to be happy and feel important and here, he is.

“It’s where he wants to be.”

Benitez went on to say that Napoli’s aim for the season isn’t to catch League leaders Juventus but fight Roma for second place, that “everyone knows what [Marco] Materazzi is like” after the two had a falling out during their time together at Inter, and gave his thoughts on Juan Mata’s exit from Chelsea.

“In two consecutive years Mata was the best player according to fans, teammates and coaches,” Benitez said of his former Chelsea charge.

“But every Coach has their own judgement and taste.”

Benitez, who won La Liga with Valencia in 2002 and 2004, added that he has been impressed by Atletico Madrid in their title battle with Barcelona and Real Madrid, but isn’t sure Los Colchoneros can keep it up.

“They’re a team that are working very well and that’s a credit to [Diego] Simeone.

“I think they will remain strong until the end but I don’t know if they can keep pace with Madrid and Barca.”

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