Rafa Benitez’s agent has insisted that the Spaniard has no desire to leave Liverpool despite the constant speculation surrounding his future.
The revelation that American co-owner Tom Hicks sounded out Jurgen Klinnsmann as a possible replacement for the Spaniard appears to suggest that Benitez’s days on Merseyside may be numbered.
However, Benitez, who has been at the club since 2004, has made it clear that he will not walk away from the job.
“Rafa wants to stay at Liverpool,” said his agent Manuel Garcia Quillon told the Daily Mail.
“He is happy with the club, with the supporters and with the city and does not want to leave.”
The statement follows the announcement on Monday by co-owner Tom Hicks that he and fellow owner George Gillett held talks with Klinsmann last November. However, despite the admission, Hicks claimed that Benitez retained their full backing.
“After George and I had our long and productive meeting with Rafa following the Manchester United match, we put all of our issues behind us and received Rafa’s commitment that he wanted to stay with Liverpool,” said Hicks.
“We never reached agreement on an option with Jurgen, and we are both pleased for him that he has a great opportunity to return to Germany and coach a great club team.
“Rafa has both of our support, and our communication has greatly improved.”