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Benitez's Real Madrid ahead of Bayern Munich in Sterling battle

Real Madrid are rated ahead of Bayern Munich in the battle for wantaway Liverpool midfielder Raheem Sterling.BILD says Bayern are eager to lure Sterling to Munich this summer, but have been informed the player's priority is to join Rafa Benitez at Real Madrid.

Benitez actually oversaw Sterling's move from QPR to Liverpool while in charge at Anfield and has followed his career ever since.

Sterling's agent, Aidy Ward, has been quoted claiming the midfielder will not consider signing any new deal with Liverpool. His current contract expires in 2016.

Benitez, meanwhile, will be confirmed as new Real coach tomorrow and has already submitted his shopping list to president Florentino Perez.

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