Football rumours: Rafael Benítez to return to Chelsea?

by Theguardian

Football

Today’s nonsense knows how Chor Charoenying feels

Rafael Benítez can certainly remember the good times. The warm welcome from the Stamford Bridge crowd in his first match after taking over from Roberto Di Matteo; the World Club Cup final defeat to Corinthians; and, of course, the up-yours triumph in the Europa League final against Benfica.

Six years on from his infamous spell as ‘interim’ manager, the lure of west London is calling again for Benítez as Chelsea look to act quickly to replace Juventus-bound Maurizio Sarri. The word is Roman Abramovich was so enamoured with the Spaniard’s previous spell that he is willing to give him another crack. And despite Newcastle’s attempts to tie Benítez down on a new one-year contract worth a stonking £15m, it appears the former Liverpool and Real Madrid man is game.

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