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The hugely-successful Blaugrana trainer has decided to take a year away from the game, and has been portrayed by his countryman as a frame of reference in management

Rafa Benitez has hailed Pep Guardiola after stating that the outgoing Barcelona boss has laid down the blueprint for other coaches to follow.

The coach announced his departure from Camp Nou in April, bringing the curtains down on his four-year reign and will now take a year’s sabbatical away from the game.

Former Liverpool and Inter man Benitez is full of praise for his countryman’s management style, and feels his innovative approach would be well-received in England.

"I think he is a frame of reference and an example because he knows how to behave and transmits values and positive behaviour outside of football,” the 52-year-old told reporters.

"He has also been a successful example. I understand that perhaps it was best to rest for a year and then be prepared for the future.

"The experience at that level includes permanent stress and sometimes you have to recover.

"I am sure he will come back and I think he would like to have experience in other leagues and the Premiership is very attractive."

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