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Manchester City alert as Rafa Benitez hints at English return

Benitez eyeing return to England?
Benitez eyeing return to England?

Rafa Benitez' contract ends this summer, increasing speculation as the former Liverpool and Chelsea boss hints at a return to the Premier League.

It is understood that Benitez is eager to return to the Premier League, putting him in contention for the Manchester City job.

Rafael's contract ends at the end of this season and Napoli goalkeeper, Pepe Reina, believes that Rafa Benitez will pack his bags for England this summer.

Speculation under Pelligrini's position increased after the Champions Monday night 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, putting their hopes of successive titles to bed.

Benitez has maintained his already remarkable record in Europe, having a Champions League and Europa League to his name.

The former Liverpool manager's family stayed at Merseyside during Rafa's reign in Napels and it extremely likely that should the Spaniard refuse a new contract at the Italian club, the opportunity to reunite with his family makes it even more enticing.

Napoli goalkeeper and former red, Pepe Reina, believes that Rafa will put his family first.

“His idea is to be with his family and they are in England and very happy. If he has the chance to go back to England, why not?” the keeper said.

Benitez is popular with the fans and under pressure to put pen to paper at then end of his two year deal. They are currently in sixth place, having spent little and his team's style of expansive, open, attacking play is what puts him ahead of other prospective mangers: Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Simeone.

After City's defeat at Selhourst Park, with only six games remaining and Liverpool, Spurs and Southampton challenging close behind for Champions League football Manuel Pelligrini is under pressure to deliver.

By Eoin Donnelly