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Rafa Benitez ‘interested’ as club prepare to offer him Premier League return

Rafa Benitez has been linked with a surprising return to the Premier League with struggling West Ham, it’s been reported.

The Mirror claim that Benitez could replace under-pressured boss Manuel Pellegrini if he fails to turn their woeful form around over the next few weeks.

The Hammers were defeated 3-0 at Burnley prior to the international break and have failed to win in any of their last six games.

Benitez almost signed a deal to become the new West Ham boss at the London Stadium in 2015, only to receive a last-minute offer from Real Madrid.

He was also linked with West Ham numerous amount of times whilst he was in charge at Newcastle.

The Mirror’s John Richardson claims he would be interested in speaking to them this time around however, despite his £12m deal at his current club Dalian Yifang.

It’s certainly started a debate over on the radio and social media…

Rafa recently spoke to FourFourTwo, he revealed why he couldn’t stay at Newcastle any longer: “I still love the city, the fans and the players. My last game as manager was emotional. We won 4-0 at Fulham, and the supporters were singing my name at the end, trying to convince me to stay.

“I have a lot of very good memories. I wish them and Steve Bruce all the best. But I couldn’t stay there just trying to survive for another year.

“My idea was to grow, to compete and to be sure we could challenge. But there was another vision, and that was it.

If you see the profit of the team in the last few years, we did what we needed to do to be successful. And that, it’s up to him.”


After finding out that Rafa Benitez has been linked to a return to the Premier League with West Ham, fans took to give their thoughts – find out whether they think he’d be a match for them on the next page.


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