Rafael Benitez has revealed that he recently turned down a huge offer from Real Madrid to become their next coach.
It is believed that Madrid’s offer would have virtually doubled Benítez’s salary at Anfield but the manager opted to remain with Liverpool.
“I said no to Real when they offered me more money than I get here, even though there maybe were greater expectations,” said Benitez.
“Madrid may be my town, but I am happy here and pleased with everything. We want to stay because of the new ideas and the new owners are very exciting.
“It is so positive for the future. And I could not ignore the noise and support that I received from the supporters last week against Eindhoven, it was tremendous and moving. I repeat, I am very happy here.
“It was not a difficult decision. I have an objective here, I explained that when I spoke to the new owners and they told me they would be supportive. It is clear Madrid was an opportunity but I said ‘no’ – because I have a lot of confidence in the future here. I believe we can win more trophies.
“It’s not easy to find a club where the majority of supporters are behind you and you have good staff, good players and the future can be brilliant. These things are more important than anything else. When I decided to come here I also had a good offer to stay in Valencia but the difference doesn’t matter that much when you already have a good salary.”