Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has dismissed rumours linking him with a move to Juventus, although he admitted he would like the security of a long-term contract at Anfield.
Benitez has just over 18 months to run on his current contract, alerting a number of clubs across Europe to the Spaniard’s possible availability. Juventus have been credited with an interest in Benitez as doubts grow over the future of Claudio Ranieri at the Turin outfit.
“I would prefer to have a long-term contract and then you can have a long-term plan,” said Benítez. “All managers need time but it is more difficult to get that now.
“All managers are in the same situation. The problem in England now is that everyone wants to be successful too soon. That is the part of the game I don’t like.
“But I’m really pleased to be here and I have two more years left on my contract, so right now I’m just trying to do my job as best I can. I’ve always said I want to stay here for many years.”
Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks revealed at the start of the year that he was keen to sort out a contract extension for Benitez, but as yet no new deal has been offered.
Benitez claims he not worried with the current impasse although he concedes that it does create uncertainty within the club.
“I’m not really worried about the situation at the moment,” Benitez told the Daily Express. “I am trying to be pragmatic about it and am just concentrating on the things I can improve.
“It doesn’t make it more difficult for me to plan for the future.
“I can only control things on the pitch, improve the squad and, if I can do that, then things will be easier in the future.
“I’m really pleased here and I have two more years left on my contract, so right now I’m just trying to do my job as best as I can.
“I’ve always said I want to stay here for many years, that hasn’t changed.”