Friday, February 22, 2013


Former Chelsea manager, Ruud Gullit have revealed that Interim coach, Rafa Benitez has been told he is only keeping the managerial hot seat at Chelsea warm for Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho

The former Netherlands captain who also coached Newcastle at one time, also revealed that the current incumbent was told when he took over from UEFA Champions league winning coach, Roberto Di Matteo that a top four finish was the very least he had to deliver.

The former Liverpool manager's tenure at Chelsea has been blighted by constant fan protests, despite Benitez guiding them to within sight of second place in the Premier League and into the latter stages of the Europa League. 

But Gullit is convinced that regardless of Benitez's achievements, he will be replaced by Real Madrid boss Mourinho, who left Chelsea in 2007 after ending their 50-year wait for a domestic title.

Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: 'Rafa Benitez's main objective this season is to qualify for the Champions League and then to make way for Jose Mourinho.

'I have a feeling that he was meant to come back after the Champions League final but then when Chelsea won it I think he thought better of it. It’s no coincidence that right after the final he signed a new contract with Real Madrid.'

Benitez, though, is still worried about those chasing Chelsea down in pursuit of a top four place.

With Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham also having designs on qualifying for the Champions League next season, the race for the top four is likely to be a long one.

'The race for the top four will go on until the end of the season,' he said. 'Our last game is against Everton so I'm sure that, until the end of the season, we will be winning games or losing games or whatever but it will be very tight, very close.

'I think that one game can make a big difference so until the end it will be difficult for everyone.'

Benitez also believes Sunday's meeting with Manchester City can be a guide to his side's targets for the season.

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