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Nov 13, 2011

Benitez waiting for top job

Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez says he is targeting a top job in Europe and would also consider an international role with England or Spain.

Benitez has been out of football since leaving Italian champions Inter Milan last December, despite having offers to return to management. The Spaniard, though, is waiting for the right position to come up and says that he has to have the chance to win silverware.

"When you are looking for something now, after winning the Champions League or winning trophies in Spain and everywhere, you say 'I want someone that can give me a project to win the Champions League again, to win the Premier League','' he told Sky Sports News. "The option to fight and to improve a team, but to have the possibility to challenge."

Benitez, who spent six years at Liverpool and won the Champions League in 2005, admits that he has already been sounded out about possible opportunities.

"I have had some offers in Asia, in Russia, in South America,'' he said. ''You always talk about big money not in this country but my priority is in Europe - the Premier League was the first idea.''

When asked if he would think about an international role with England or Spain, Benitez said: "Yes, why not? Everyone is asking you in Spain 'Do you want to be the manager in the future?' And in England now everybody is talking about the position of Capello.

"I think you have to respect the managers - that is the first thing - they are working and they have to carry on and see what happens in the future. But, as a manager, always you are thinking about to have a big challenge like Spain or England but we have to wait."

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