Salgado tipping Rafa for Real move

Blackburn’s former Real Madrid full-back Michel Salgado believes

his old employers may move for Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez this


The Reds manager, who started his coaching career at Santiago

Bernabeu, has been strongly linked with a return to his homeland.

Real are currently under the guidance of Manuel Pellegrini,

but the Chilean has struggled to win over a sceptical Real support.

He could yet lead the club to the Primera Liga title, but the

Spanish giants have not been shy when it comes to parting with

successful bosses.

Should they decide to bring in a new manager, Benitez is

expected to be towards the top of their wish list.

Salgado, who enjoyed 10 productive years at the Bernabeu

before joining Blackburn last summer, feels the Anfield chief would

be a success in Spain, but believes Inter Milan’s Jose Mourinho

would also be in the frame.

“Could he (Benitez) take charge of Madrid? Why not?” Salgado

told The Sun.

“The opinion on Rafa in Spain is great.

“He won the league twice with Valencia and got them to two

Champions League finals.

“First let’s see if Real can win La Liga. I think, though, it

will be a big battle between Benitez and Mourinho.”