Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has recently shown his love for Real Madrid, the club where he begun his career and has admitted that he would consider a return after his time in the Premier League  comes to an end.

In an interview with the Spanish radio station RNE, the interim boss admitted every manager has a preference, including himself, and the Bernabeu club brings back good memories for him.

“As a manager, you always have your sweetheart. I arrived at Real when I was 13 and I’m from Madrid. I have a link with the fans and they always treated me well,” he said.

However, Benitez did not want his statements to create controversy, adding: “I have a contract with Chelsea until the end of the season and I will do my best for this team to obtain the best of success.

“Real Madrid has a manager with a contract and he deserves respect. I don’t want speculation and my words always get misunderstood.”

The 52-year-old also mentioned his desire of managing the Spanish national team one day, although that is not considered as a short-term option.

“I see the Spain team as a career alternative, but in the future,” he added.

“The day Vicente del Bosque – who is doing a sensational job – says he is leaving, or after a couple more managers…then, I might like to be the coach.”