Rafa Benitez almost joined West Ham in the summer of 2015 before taking the reins at Real Madrid. It did not go well for the Spaniard in Madrid as he was relieved of his duties the following January.
That proved to be a stroke of great fortune for Newcastle as Benitez replaced Steve McClaren in March and over the next three-plus years, guided Newcastle back to Premier League respectability.
Of course, we all know how it ended and that Rafa is now managing in China. However, in an interview last week, Rafa spoke about how he sees his future back in the Premier League. This is what he had to say:
“Obviously my idea in the future will be the Premier League. Then I want to stay close to my family. It is a league I like a lot.”
There is a report in the Mirror that West Ham will turn to the 59-year-old Benitez if Manuel Pellegrini cannot turn around the struggling Hammers.
West Ham are currently languishing in 16th in the table without a win in their last six league games. They also bowed out of the League cup with a 4-0 thrashing at Oxford United.
The report states that this time around Rafa Benitez would be interested in joining West Ham if they were to part ways with the Pellegrini.
Things might have soured a bit for Rafa in China with Dalian Yifang struggling of late. The club have just one win in their last seven matches in the league, including a Cup semi-final defeat.
We would not be surprised in the slightest to see Rafa back in the Premier League sooner rather than later. We have to admit that it would be tough to take if it was as soon as this season.