Benitez expected to stay

But money could still play a part in Reds boss' decision

By Simone Bargellini   Last updated: 6th May 2010   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Benitez expected to stay

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Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is more likely to stay at Anfield than take over at Juventus this summer, according to the Spaniard's agent.

The former Valencia boss has been repeatedly linked with a move to Italy throughout the course of a disappointing season when the Reds have again failed to win a trophy and have not qualified for the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League.

On-field disappointments, boardroom unrest and mountains of debt have led to co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks putting the club up for sale and Martin Broughton has been appointed as a new chairman to facilitate any deal.

Benitez welcomed news of the sale after months of complaining about a lack of money, but he has reportedly cancelled a number of opportunities to meet Broughton to suggest that he does not think he has a future at Liverpool.

However, the 50-year-old's representative, Manuel Garcai Quilon, does not believe his client is ready to leave, telling calciomercato.it: "At the moment it is more likely that Rafa will remain in England.

"I do not know if he has met, or will meet in the next few days, with the new chairman."

Quilon, though, has reiterated that Benitez's mind may be made up by the amount of money that is made available in the close-season.

"The aspect of investment on the team is important because Liverpool need reinforcements," added Quilon.