Rafael Benitez not an option for these two Premier League clubs

Rafael Benitez left his role at Dalian Professional in China. The Spaniard wasn’t sacked, leaving by mutual consent and walking away from his mega £12m per year salary.

Some reports suggested that he may be in discussions with Celtic, who are likely to be in the market for a new manager ahead of next season. However, that move seems unlikely as Caught Offside reported earlier.

The other clubs who were immediately linked with Benitez were Chelsea and Newcastle. Indeed, that is exactly what the Sun reported. But much like the speculation around him joining Celtic, it is not thought that Benitez will join either of those Premier League clubs, where he has already managed.

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According to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, Chelsea would be more keen on Thomas Tuchel if they sack Frank Lampard.

Meanwhile, Newcastle is not an option for Benitez under the current ownership given how it ended for him at St James’ Park last time.

Daily Mail chief football writer, Rob Draper has also commented that Benitez will likely be in a job by the time that Newcastle have completed any takeover.

It is likely that Rafa will be in a job soon, but there is little chance that he will be at any of the clubs who were initially linked with his services.

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