Champions League winner talks up Premier League return amid Newcastle links

Rafa Benitez has revealed his intention to return to the Premier League and labelled it as a ‘priority’, according to the Chronicle Live.

The former Liverpool and Chelsea manager was ruthlessly axed by Real Madrid after just seven months in charge of the La Liga giants.

‘I like the Premier League and it is a priority because my family lives on the Wirral’, the Spaniard told BT Sport. 

Now out of work, he has been linked with a move to struggling Newcastle United, who’s own manager, Steve McClaren is under increasing pressure.

The Magpies dropped into the relegation zone with a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Chelsea and are at serious risk of dropping out of the Premier League.

Benitez has been touted as a potential successor at St. James’ Park, though concedes he may have to wait until the summer to find the right job.

‘Now that you play Champions League and Europa League, nobody will change the manager.’

‘So you have to wait and just see games, analyse tactics and try to improve.’

David Moyes, Brendan Rodgers and Nigel Pearson are also some of the names to be linked with taking over the management position in the North East should McClaren depart.