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RAFA BENÍTEZ

"My future? I know things but I won't talk about Real Madrid"

Benítez said he thought that Xavi Hernández deserved to win the Ballon d'Or, and spoke about Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova, who received surgery on Friday to treat cancer.

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"My future? I know things but I won't talk about Real Madrid"

Chelsea manager Rafa Benítez gave no secrets away about where his future lies but revealed he "knows things" about his destination as of next June.

In an interview with radio station 'Onda Cero', the Spaniard, whose contract with Chelsea runs out in June, was asked about what he would do come the end of the season, and if he would be interested in becoming Real Madrid coach.

"I know some things, but I'm not going to say anything about Real Madrid, because I don't think I should," said Benítez.

"I accepted the Chelsea offer because I believed it was a good option. I studied the market and thought about which teams I could coach, but when you are waiting for a top level team to hire you, someone has to be doing a very bad job in order for you to get a chance," he said.

Benítez also spoke about the Chelsea supporters' views on him, and insisted he does not notice Blues fans chanting against him at games.

"I sometimes don't hear the songs directed at me. I'm focussed on the game and I don't know what's going on in the stands, but I never said I would not coach a team like Chelsea," he said.

And he acknowledged that his compatriot Fernando Torres needs to produce better performances on the pitch.

"Fernando worked hard and is still working very hard. He can still improve and he knows it. We are making small adjustments in the squad and trying to motivate him. His number one priority should be attack and getting as close as possible to the area."

On Spanish football matters, Benítez said he thought that Xavi Hernández deserved to win the Ballon d'Or, and spoke about Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova, who received surgery on Friday to treat cancer.

"A person's health is the most important thing, and it's very sad news. I know him and he is very upset, but he is a strong character and a fighter and that's vital."

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