Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez claims “the club has to answer a lot of questions” as he prepares for talks on his future.
Benitez has been tipped to leave Liverpool at the end of the season, but reports on Tuesday claim his purported move to Juventus could be in danger of falling through.
Benitez has indicated he would be happy to remain at the club should transfer funds be made available but, with doubts surrounding the ownership of the club it appears unlikely that he will be eager to commit.
This summer, Benítez’s transfer pot is not expected to exceed £15 million, unless it is enhanced by the proceeds of outgoing transfers. With Anfield striker Fernando Torres reported to be a £70m target for Manchester City, Benítez will tell Liverpool that only a guarantee allowing him to invest all of the proceeds from player sales this summer will tempt him to stay.
The Independent reports that Benitez has now been placed under pressure to give Juventus an within the next seven days, and he is eager to set up a first meeting with new chairman Martin Broughton to resolve his questions about the future.
“It (the meeting) is to talk about the future,” he said. “Everyone is asking about my future but the future of the club is more important.
“Still I do not know what is going on in the club. I don’t know if we will have any investors, so there are a lot of questions – not just, for me, one question.
“For me, the club has to answer a lot of questions. We have to wait and see what is going on. The future is maybe tomorrow or maybe one week. At this moment, it is something we don’t know.”
He added: “If I have a conversation with him (Broughton) we will try to keep it private. There are too many rumours in the press and I know some people are just trying to create a mess.
“To be fair, we were trying to our best last week, signing (Charlton teenager) Jonjo Shelvey because still we have the same mentality – to improve the club and do the best for the club.”