Benitez on PL links


The Liverpool manager, Rafa BenitezRafa Benitez has declared that he has had no contact with Manchester City but perhaps significantly has not mentioned West Ham in an interview with the Italian Press.

The former Liverpool and Chelsea boss is to have talks with Napoli when his current deal ends this summer and said: “I have not had contacts with City, unlike what I’ve read in England.

“I have spoken to the (Napoli) president via messages but we have not been able to meet due to our busy playing schedule in order to evaluate the business plan.

“Now our focus is on matters on the pitch.”

Benitez joined Napoli in the summer of 2013 and led the Naples outfit to the Coppa Italia title and third place in Serie A in his first season in charge.

Napoli are fourth in the league this term and are firmly on course to reach the semi-finals of the Europa League.

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  • rickthehammer63 says:

    hes the spitting image of inspector clouseau but hes inspector clueless

  • canchaz says:

    If all these rumours about Sam turn out to be just that, the one thing we will all know for sure is we can all pick the core part of the line-up for next season…Carroll will start every match as long as he is fit. Nolan will play behind him in his usual spot with Amalfitano as his crutch for when he runs out of gas, Downing will go back on the wing with Sakho and Valencia sharing the other, or one will be on the bench in case Carroll get’s hurt. Noble ,or a new signing will fill Song’s spot alongside Kouyate. Ennes, who Sam never intended to give a chance will join Song among the departed
    I see Carroll today has come out in firm support of Sam staying but who wouldn’t when it guarantees his starting spot for as long as he wants it

    • mattefumi el loco says:

      Yes , I read his interview… He perfectly knows with his Dad Sam he has a secure place as regular. I ‘m waiting for the same interview by Nolan.


  • Rads Can Take No More Samasaurus.com says:

    Yep,that was maybe the biggest shock of the Irons season so far.Carroll comes out in support of Allardyce,who would have seen that one coming 😉

  • bubs says:

    But why is Nolan silent,has mummy got him locked in the mower shed ?
    I thought he was the great leader off the field that we can’t do without ?
    After the manager the captain is normally the voice of the players is he waiting like us all season for that 100 goal or a victory where he actually participates ?
    Benitez will do for me but so would many others just think it won’t happen.

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