Benitez Rules Himself Out Of Arsenal, Everton Jobs
Rafael Benitez insisted on Monday there is “ no chance ” he will fill the managerial vacancies at either Arsenal or Everton , but he refused to completely rule out a return to the Premier League .
Former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss Benitez is currently in charge of Chinese side Dalian Yifang after leaving Newcastle United after the end of last season .
Arsenal are still looking for a permanent successor to Unai Emery while Everton, Liverpool ’ s local rivals , sacked Marco Silva last week, and former Champions League winner Benitez said he was happy in the Chinese Super League despite finishing a lowly ninth this season .
“ I can be very clear — there is no chance I will come back now because I ’ m really happy , ” he said on Sky Sports .
“ I ’ m really pleased ( Dalian Yifang ) trust me . We have a lot of staff working on a big , big project . We want to leave a legacy and it’ s a challenge for me. I ’ m quite happy at the moment .
“ In the future I would like to come back to the Premier League because I like the league . ”
Benitez has also seen his name linked with West Ham should Manuel Pellegrini leave the London club.
But although he was linked with a move to the Hammers four years ago before joining Real Madrid , Benitez said there was no chance of them tempting him away from China .
“ It was in the past, it’ s true that I was nearly there (at West Ham ) , ” he said . “ Then Real Madrid came , and I needed a couple of days to know exactly what was going on .
“ Obviously I couldn ’ t say no to Real Madrid , but it was a good time and it’ s a massive club .
“ Everybody can see both teams (West Ham and Arsenal) have problems , but both are massive clubs and they will do well at the end. ”