Agent: Chinese investor demanding Benitez stay with Liverpool

The agent of Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has revealed Chinese investors want to buy into the club and insist on the Spaniard staying.
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The agent of Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has revealed Chinese investors want to buy into the club and insist on the Spaniard staying.

Benitez's agent Manuel Garcia Quilon says an unnamed Chinese investor was interested in buying out Liverpool co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett and keeping his client on as manager.

The Liverpool manager has been linked with Juventus again this week, with the Serie A club reportedly having made him their number one target back in January, while it seems likely the Real Madrid post will become vacant again this summer.

However, Quilon said Benitez had a long-term commitment at Anfield.

"The intention of Benitez is to fulfil the contract that he has with Liverpool until 2014 but it's true that the club is subject to fluctuations in their financial situation," said the Spaniard's agent.

"They could influence the future of the club and therefore Benitez as well. The Chinese have an interest because they have called Rafa and told him that their condition for buying the club is that he continues as coach."

Quilon said Benitez remained a potential candidate for some of the top jobs in Europe but that there had been no discussion about him leaving Liverpool.

"For now (Real) Madrid have not made a move to sign him," he told AS.