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19:35  19 november  2019
19:35  19 november  2019 Source:   skysports.com

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Rafael Benitez wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Rafa Benitez is not expected to return to the Premier League this season © Getty Rafa Benitez is not expected to return to the Premier League this season

No approach has been made to Rafa Benitez about a possible return to the Premier League this season, Sky Sports News understands.

Benitez remains focused on making a success of his time in China but expects to manage in England again, possibly as soon as next season.

The Spaniard, who earns £12m a year after tax as manager of Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang, was linked with West Ham on Tuesday.

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The Hammers are without a win in six games and that run has placed intense pressure on manager Manuel Pellegrini, with his side sitting 16th in the table, five points above the bottom three.

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Benitez left Newcastle back in June to move to China but Dalian Yifang are stuck in the CSL's mid-table - ninth of 16 teams with three games remaining in their season.

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The 59-year-old came close to joining West Ham as manager back in 2015 before he was hired by Real Madrid - that role would last only half a season.

His family remain based in the North West and Benitez was recently quoted as saying he has "unfinished business" in the Premier League.

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