Rafa Benitez looks to bring experienced veteran to steady Anfield ship.
Rafa Benitez is preparing to raid Real Madrid this summer to snap up battling midfielder Guti. The 33 year old Spanish international is reportedly a target of several Premier League sides including Tottenham and Manchester City but Liverpool hope that there plethora of fellow Spaniards will give them the edge when it comes to persuading the player to try a new challenge.
After 15 successful years at the Bernabeu Guti is looking to try something new and has stated that he hopes that his club will look kindly on allowing him to leave on a nominal fee as he enters the final year of his Madrista contract.
‘Right now there is no possibility that I will stay at Madrid,’ Guti told Onda Madrid radio station. ‘This will be my last Clasico [against Barcelona].
‘I have a year left on my contract but I think we can reach an understanding. I am sure that they will understand that my best option is to go.”
Liverpool are looking at bringing in new additions in the summer on a shoestring budget and Rafa believes he can win the race for the vastly experienced one club man. Guti is known to favour a move to the Premier League for one last big pay day and will be excited to team up with fellow Spaniards Pepe Reina, Fernando Torres and Albert Riera and will be more open to a move to Anfield if Rafa guides the club to a Champions League spot for next term.
Benitez is hoping to strengthen his midfield this summer having seen new signing Alberto Aquilani struggle to get a game and arguably still yet to properly replace talismanic midfielder Xabi Alonso. A move for Guti may well only be a short term solution but his knowledge and passion for the game can only serve to assist the club in its push to recapture their glory days.