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12:21  10 december  2019
12:21  10 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Rafael Benitez insisted on Monday there is "no chance" he will fill the managerial vacancies at either Arsenal or Everton, but he refused to completely rule out a return to the Premier League.

Former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss Benitez is currently in charge of Chinese side Dalian Yifang after leaving Newcastle United after the end of last season.

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"I can be very clear -- there is no chance I will come back now because I'm really happy," he said on Sky Sports.

"I'm really pleased (Dalian Yifang) trust me. We have a lot of staff working on a big, big project. We want to leave a legacy and it's a challenge for me. I'm quite happy at the moment.

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez (R) shakes hands with player Steven Gerrard after they lost to Chelsea during a UEFA Champions League semi-final game at Stamford Bridge in London, on April 30, 2008. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images) © 2008 AFP Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez (R) shakes hands with player Steven Gerrard after they lost to Chelsea during a UEFA Champions League semi-final game at Stamford Bridge in London, on April 30, 2008. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images) "In the future I would like to come back to the Premier League because I like the league."

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But although he was linked with a move to the Hammers four years ago before joining Real Madrid, Benitez said there was no chance of them tempting him away from China. 

"It was in the past, it's true that I was nearly there (at West Ham)," he said. "Then Real Madrid came, and I needed a couple of days to know exactly what was going on.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20:  Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez (l) reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on January 20, 2018 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) © 2018 Getty Images MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20: Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez (l) reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on January 20, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) "Obviously I couldn't say no to Real Madrid, but it was a good time and it's a massive club.

"Everybody can see both teams (West Ham and Arsenal) have problems, but both are massive clubs and they will do well at the end."

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