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The Spanish coach is interested in returning to coaching after over a year without a job, but he has allegedly not yet been contacted by the Blues after Villas-Boas' exit

By Alberto Pinero

Chelsea have not made an approach for ex-Liverpool coach Rafael Benitez, his agent has declared. 

The 51-year-old coach is the bookmakers' favourite to become Chelsea's new permanent coach after the club dispensed with the services of Andre Villas-Boas on Sunday.

Benitez has been out of work since leaving Inter in December 2010 after the club's dismal start to last season.

His representative does not rule out a new stint in the Premier League, where Benitez coached between 2004 and 2010, but has insisted that Chelsea have not contacted his client.

"Up until this moment, there has not been any offer from Chelsea for Benitez," Manuel Garcia Quilon told

"We are aware of the rumours, but we would like to deny them, there has been no contact yet.

"Benitez is open to discussing any important offer."

Last month, Benitez admitted that returning to the Premier League was his 'priority' after a failed stint in Italy.

During his six-year stint at Liverpool, the Spanish coach helped the Reds win one FA Cup and one Champions League crown, among other trophies.

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