Rafael Benitez has seemingly thrown his hat in the ring for the Real Madrid managerial role.

The Chelsea interim boss spent time with Real as both a player and a manager in the past and insists that the Spanish champions are his 'sweetheart', indicating that he would be interested if Jose Mourinho's role was to pop up.

"I have a contract (with Chelsea) until the end of the season and I am going to do everything possible for this club to have the best success," Benitez told Radio Nacional de Espana.

"Real Madrid have a determined manager with a contract and this deserves respect. As a manager, you always have your sweetheart. I have a link with the fans and they have treated me well.

"I arrived at (Real) Madrid when I was 13-years-old and I'm from Madrid. But I don't want to get involved in this speculation because my words aren't always interpreted."

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