FORMER Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has confirmed he wants a return to football management – in England.
Benitez is currently looking for a new managerial post after being sacked by Inter Milan in December 2010 and this week talks between the Spaniard and Sampdoria broke down.
While admitting he was flattered by their interest, Benitez admits finding another club in England is the priority.
He said: “Sampdoria was very serious, very professional and they have a project.
“My idea is to find a club that can match my desire, my expectations to challenge for trophies. This time (Sampdoria) was really good, I was really pleased as they were thinking of me but I am waiting for maybe another option.
“The priority is England but I have to be ready for any other challenge.
“I try to find someone that will be at the top and take on the challenge for trophies, the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League so something that you can win.”
Benitez also backed UEFA’s suggestion they could hold Euro 2020 in up to 13 cities across Europe.
UEFA president Michel Platini announced the idea and confirmed a final decision would be taken in January or February next year.
The Frenchman believes “it is a great idea”, something echoed by Benitez, who said: “My experience when you talk about finals is it’s a mess.
“When you play in a city and you have all the fans or like with the semi-finals you have a lot of teams in one or two cities, it’s a mess so the idea to play in different cities I think it could be good.
“Maybe it’s a good option for the future, in terms of having more facilities and it will be easier for the fans also to go to one place or the other.”