Rafa admits Italian liking
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rafa Benitez has admitted he would be interested in managing in Italy one day.
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has admitted he would be interested in managing in Italy one day.
The Spaniard believes he would be able to cope with the demands of coaching in Serie A and that he could be a success in Italy.
However, the former Valencia manager insists he has no plans to quit Liverpool and is hoping to stay at Anfield for several more years.
Speaking to the Corriere dello Sport, Benitez said: "Me in Italy? I would see myself in a good way, I would feel myself ready for the Italian league.
"But for the moment I feel in a really good way at Liverpool and I could stay for another three, four or five years. Who knows?"
Internazionale chief Roberto Mancini has been linked with a possible switch to Chelsea to replace Jose Mourinho should the Portuguese tactician leave Stamford Bridge and Benitez believes the former Italy international would be a success in England.
When questioned about the possibility of Mancini replacing Mourinho, Benitez said: "Mourinho is leaving? In any case Mancini could work in a good way also in England.
"Italian coaches are good, the Italian league makes them experienced to deal with the difficulty they face if they fail in the Premiership."
Benitez also believes his arch-rival Mourinho would flourish in Italy if he did decide to leave England.
"Mourinho in Italy? He's a great coach, he would do good things, surely," added Benitez.
Turning his attentions to Premiership players who could succeed in Italy, Benitez believes several of his Liverpool stars and Chelsea's John Terry would be suited to Serie A.
"The first one I have in my mind is (John) Terry, Chelsea's defender," noted Benitez. "The second one is Peter Crouch. Surely he would do positively also in Italy.
"He takes all balls with his head, and he has also good feet. You should not have the wrong idea about him.
"Other suggestions as for Liverpool's players? (Steven) Gerrard, he's a team player. He's able to do everything, goals too.
"(Mohamed) Sissoko is another important player, but don't forget also Xabi Alonso and Luis Garcia."