Rafael Benitez fully intends to see out his contract at Liverpool but his future at the club will be determined on the club’s financial situation.
Amid speculation Benitez with a move to Juventus, his agent, agent Manuel Garcia Quillon, has confirmed Benitez has no plans to leave before his deal expires in 2014.
However, he said he could reconsider his position if he is not given funds to rebuild the squad.
“The intention of Benitez is to fulfil the contract that he has with Liverpool until 2014 but it’s true that the club is subject to fluctuations in their financial situation,” Quillon said. “They could influence the future of the club and therefore Benitez as well.”
The club’s owners, Americans Tom Hicks and George Gillett, are reported to be looking to sell the club for about £500m, with British Airways chief Martin Broughton being brought in to lead the search for a new buyer for the Anfield outfit.
Quillon claimed an unnamed Chinese investor was interested in buying out the co-owners and retaining Benitez as manager.
“The Chinese have an interest because they have called Rafa and told him that their condition for buying the club is that he continues as coach.”
Both Juventus and Real Madrid have been linked with Benitez but, while Quillon admits that the Spaniard is still a candidate for some of the leading posts Europe, he said there been no talks about him leaving Liverpool and toldAS: “You know that Juve will not wait forever for Benitez”.
Meanwhile, in Italy Gazzetta dello Sport has reported that Juventus are prepared to offer Benitez €200m to spend in the hope he can reclaim the Serie A title.
And, according to Gazzetta, top of Benitez’s shopping list would be two of his current players at Anfield, midfielder Javier Mascherano and leading scorer Fernando Torres.
As for the speculation linking Benitez with a move to Madrid, where a recent poll in Marca showed him to be the overwhelming favourite among supporters to become their next coach, Quillon said there had been no contact.
“For now, Madrid have not made a move to sign him,” he added.