Sunday, 19th June, 2011

French giants Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez.

Benitez is currently out of work having been sacked as Inter boss at Christmas last year. The Spaniard recently spoke to Aston Villa over the Midlands club’s managerial vacancy – the job was subsequently filled by Alex McLeish – but his demands of a substantial transfer kitty to challenge for a Champions League spot were not met.

Now Paris-Saint Germain, who have recently received investment from the Qatar sovereign wealth fund, are pondering a move for Benitez as they bid to build a side to dominate French football.

Currently in charge at the Parc des Princes is Antoine Kombouare, though his position is under threat through failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League with the club – Paris Saint-Germain missed out on the all-important third spot in Ligue 1 to Lyon.

Kombouare was quick to welcome the investment from Qatar and has gone on record as stating his hope that the club continue to trust in him and allow him to spend some of the riches of the deal.

The capital city club though could well be aiming higher and tempting Benitez to France would be seen as a significant coup.

With two La Liga titles and a Champions League under his belt, Benitez retains his place in the upper echelons of world football’s coaches. It is thought the Spaniard would be prepared to speak to Paris Saint-Germain should a vacancy arise, however he would want assurances over a playing budget to meet the club’s objectives.

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