Date:11th January 2013 at 11:00pm
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Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez is the number one choice among the Real Madrid membership to take over from Jose Mourinho as the La Liga club’s boss, according to a survey carried out by Spanish newspaper Marca.

Benitez topped the poll with 21.4% of the total votes, whilst Germany coach Jooachim Low was second with 19.5% and Swansea’s promising manager Michael Laudrup was third with 15.6%.

Many believe that Benitez’s spell as Stamford Bridge is more or less an audition for future employment following a disastrous few months with Inter Milan, his last job, which hurt his reputation and I don’t doubt that he fancies his chances of getting the Real job when Mourinho either leaves or gets the boot.

The Daily Telegraph reported that Real Madrid officials have already spoken with Benitez with a view to take charge at the Santiago Bernabeu next season but Benitez refused to comment on it when quizzed on the issue by Onda Cero, a Spanish radio station, and just said that he was surprised by the nature of the La Liga champions results this season.

Now, this doesn’t really concern Chelsea as Benitez is free to do whatever he wants at the end of the season but there has been a theory that we will miss out on our major managerial targets in the summer due to the revolving door policy and we may have to settle for Benitez in the long-term, so any rumour suggesting he’s wanted elsewhere would be music to the ears of those that are against him as it would be an understatement to describe him as an unpopular choice amongst the Stamford Bridge faithful.

But who will take over at Chelsea when the season ends? Is it possible that Mourinho and Benitez could switch jobs, or will Roman Abramovich finally land Pep Guardiola?

Source: ESPN