Rafael Benitez wants to continue managing in the Premier League


Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez's hunt for his next job has already started and he admits staying in England is the priority.

Benitez's coaching career

  • 1960: Born Madrid, 16 April
  • 1986: Joins Real Madrid's coaching staff
  • 1995: Becomes coach of Valladolid but sacked after 23 games
  • 1996: Osasuna tenure ends after nine games
  • 1997: Wins promotion with Segunda Division club Extremadura
  • 2000: Gains promotion from Segunda Division with Tenerife
  • 2001: Appointed Valencia boss, securing club's first league title in 31 years
  • 2004: Wins league and Uefa Cup with Valencia
  • June 2004: Signs five-year deal with Liverpool
  • 2005: Wins Champions League in his first season
  • June 2010: Becomes new manager at Inter Milan
  • December 2010: Leaves Inter weeks after winning Fifa Club World Cup
  • November 2012: Appointed Chelsea interim boss

Benitez, who will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, has guided Chelsea into Wednesday's Europa League final against Benfica in Amsterdam.

"It is started already, the agents are working," said the Spaniard, 53.

"The priority is still England, but, if you cannot find a club, maybe you have to go abroad."

Benitez has been unpopular with some Blues fans since he took over from Champions League-winning manager Roberto Di Matteo in November.

The former Liverpool, Valencia and Inter Milan boss, winner of the manager of the month award for April, has already confirmed he will quit the club after being appointed on an interim basis.

Ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, 50, has been widely tipped to leave his post with Spanish giants Real Madrid at the end of the season and return to the club where he was manager between 2004 and 2007.

Having done enough to ensure a Champions League place for the Londoners next season with Saturday's 2-1 win over Aston Villa, Benitez has his eyes on a quick return after his Chelsea exit - and his preference is another job in English football's top flight.

"The Premier League is a fantastic league," he said. "My family still live in England, so it would be easier. If not, I will go abroad.

"There are two options for the future: to get a project, two or three years to build a team like at Liverpool; or maybe a top side with money, where you can buy some players and challenge for trophies from the beginning."