Rafa aims to see out Reds contract

The Spaniard’s agent Manuel Garcia Quilon also claimed an unnamed

Chinese investor was interested in buying out co-owners Tom Hicks

and George Gillett and keeping Benitez on as manager. But if that

did not happen then Quilon said the two Americans would have to

find a solution to the club’s current financial restrictions –

Liverpool are currently trying to slice £100million off their

£237million debt – to prevent Benitez considering his future.

The Liverpool boss has been linked with Juventus again this week,

with the Serie A club reportedly having made him their number one

target back in January, while it seems likely the Real Madrid post

will become vacant again this summer. However, Quilon said Benitez

had a long-term commitment at Anfield. “The intention of Benitez is

to fulfil the contract that he has with Liverpool until 2014 but

it’s true that the club is subject to fluctuations in their

financial situation,” said the Spaniard’s agent. “They could

influence the future of the club and therefore Benitez as well.

“The Chinese have an interest because they have called Rafa and

told him that their condition for buying the club is that he

continues as coach.” Quilon said Benitez remained a potential

candidate for some of the top jobs in Europe but that there had

been no discussion about him leaving Liverpool. “For now (Real)

Madrid have not made a move to sign him,” he told Spanish newspaper

AS.