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Rafa refutes control rumours

16 Feb 2009 - 08:34:40

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has denied asking for total control of the club's transfer policy during negotiations over a new contract at Anfield.

The Spaniard's current deal runs out at the end of next season, with Benitez concerned about the long-term plans being put in place by co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

He told The Guardian: "Anyone that has just a year left on his contract does not have anything at all and I have only got a year and a half left.

"When people, either within the club or from outside it, realise that the manager only has that much time left then he is dead.

"I've got ten or 12 assistants whose contracts are up in June. How can a manager lead a project properly if the continuity of his staff is not secure for two or three years?

"I would like to clear one thing up - I never asked for complete control.

"I did, however, ask for the power to be able to make my own decisions and run the team the way I see fit. That is not the same thing.

"However, I am not thinking about leaving and I hope to be here for a long time.

"Of course Real Madrid would be the perfect ending to anyone's career, but my career is not at an end yet."

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