After a long stint as Liverpool manager, many people expected Rafael Benitez to last a similar amount of time in charge of Internazionale, although the Spaniard found Jose Mourinho an extremely tough act to follow and left the San Siro after six months.
Benitez was left frustrated by the board’s inability to back him financially in the transfer market and the ex-Valencia boss has revealed a couple of interesting players that he wanted to recruit for the then-Italian champions.
Dirk Kuyt and Patrice Evra were both apparently on the wanted list a year ago, although Benitez doesn’t bear grudges with the Inter board and would be open to returning to the club at some point in the not-too-distant future.
He told Gazzetta dello Sport: “With the fans I’ve always had a great relationship, they always gave me support.
“Yes, maybe I would return. Certainly we’d need to clear up a few issues, but I don’t have problems with anyone.
“It’s true that I asked to reinforce with Mascherano, Kuyt, Evra and Jovetic, and Alexis Sanchez in January, when he still cost half of what Barcelona paid for him.”
Benitez confirmed that he was interested in returning to management, although he likens himself to Carlo Ancelotti and Marcello Lippi in that the trio are happy to wait for the right opportunity.
He said: “We all three seek a team which can win the Champions League.”