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Fresh doubts surround Rafa
25 Feb 2009 - 12:26:47
Manager Rafa Benitez's future at Liverpool has been called into question again, with leading bookmakers suspending the market on the Spaniard leaving Anfield in the near future.
Rumours have suggested that Benitez could be gone as soon as this weekend, with talks over a new contract having failed to reach a successful conclusion.
However, Benitez had played down such talk ahead of his side's Champions League clash with Real Madrid in Spain.
He had told reporters: "We have important games now and I only want to concentrate on football.
"You have to judge a manager for his career, not just one or two games.
"I am only concerned by Real's eleven players on the pitch, nothing else concerns me. It is more important to concentrate on that than the other things.
"This is a big game, but not just because I used to play and work here. I am a professional, so I want to win with my team, that is the only motivation for me.
"I cannot think about the past, I cannot change anything, all I can do is try to win this game now.
"I have memories here. I have met many friends today. It's a pleasure to come back and see so many faces that I remember.
"Juande Ramos has done very well here. Real are winning many games in a row, but it is not about managers and coaches, it is only about what the players do on the pitch."