Benitez open to job with 'top side' in England after Chelsea exit

Jamie Dunn
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Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez has suggested he would entertain offers from another "top side" in England at the end of the season.

The former Liverpool boss was appointed on an interim basis following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo but is expected to depart the club in the summer having failed to win over the club's supporters.

But the mixed nature of his reign in west London has not deterred Benitez from seeking another high-profile job in England.

"I like to win and challenge for trophies," he told reporters. "I like to stay in a top side. Why not in England?"

The Spaniard would not, however, be drawn on whether or not he would still be in charge when Chelsea faces Manchester City on May 25 in the USA, preferring instead to focus on Thursday's Europa League clash with Rubin Kazan.

He continued: "I have a contract, I am really pleased with the contract. I will try and concentrate on Rubin Kazan and not think about the summer."

The Blues remain on course for an FA Cup and Europa League double, but are engaged in a hard-fought battle for Champions League qualification.