After six tormenting months in charge of Chelsea, Rafa Benitez’s time with Chelsea will end after two more friendly matches in America. The reign that started with a poisonous atmosphere at Stamford Bridge will end on a high as the manager has guided the team to a Europa Cup victory and a third place in the Premier League. So as Chelsea gear up to welcome Jose Mourinho, the future of Benitez is yet to unfold. We take a look at three possible destination for the manager whose CV has certainly improved in the last six months.
One of the most likely destination of Benitez would be ambitious French side PSG. Carlo Ancelotti is looking for a switchover to Real Madrid and Benitez would be a perfect fit to the vacant managerial post. Benitez has a knack of building up a side from the scratch and PSG, after spending all the money that they have, need to build a side now to challenge for the biggest of trophies. There are no shortages of top players in PSG and under Rafa they would certainly excel, provided the gets the time to call the shots.
A move back to his homeland and taking charge Real, from outgoing coach Mourinho would not be a very bad decision for both the parties. Barcelona have faltered recently in their form and it would be the perfect time for Rafa to settle in Spain and challenge for the La Liga, a title he has previously won with Valencia. Also Real have not any any European title for a very long time now and given Rafa’s brilliant record in European competitions, he could back the club for a tenth Champions League trophy.
This would not be the ideal solution for Rafa as he has always maintained that he would like to move to a top club and challenge for titles. Everton may not be the ideal club in that respect, but then this move will allow him to stay in England; a place he has always maintained is very close to his heart. But given his earlier involvement with Liverpool, the management will be sceptical in appointing Rafa as their manager for fear of crowd backlash.