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Ex-Liverpool manager Benitez given three days to decide on Napoli future

Former Chelsea and Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has reportedly been given until Saturday to decide on his future at Napoli.

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According to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, the Serie A outfit have made one last effort to convince the Spaniard to remain in Naples. He has one year remaining on his contract and president Aurelio De Laurentiis has offered him an extension.

De Laurentiis has even offered to assist with the Benitez family’s travel arrangements to and from England, where they still own property and have ties.

Benitez has been linked with a third spell in the Premier League, having managed the Reds between 2004 and 2010, and Chelsea in the 2012-13 campaign on an interim basis.

He has played down talk of replacing Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City, and he remains a popular figure among some Liverpool supporters, a percentage of whom are growing restless with current incumbent Brendan Rodgers after another season without silverware.

Benitez, who won the Champions League in his first season at Anfield, could yet guide Napoli to qualification for Europe’s biggest club competition. They are fighting for a top-four finish in Serie A and are also in the semi-finals of the Europa League, the winners of which secure safe passage into the tournament.

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