Benitez to make a decision on future

The Spaniard has played down talk that he will join Real Madrid in the summer and insists he is happy to be working in the Premier League.

“Next week I am going to study my present and my future with my bosses,” said Benítez. “I have to decide on my future in the next two weeks.

“People who see me leaving for Madrid are wrong. I have a contract with Liverpool, I owe Liverpool and I am only thinking about Liverpool. I am happy here and there is a project under way. I have been here for five years and [if I was to stay] from now on things would be easier.

“I want a medium or long-term project. I don’t want to be working day to day, always hanging on the latest result, without a programme to follow or an idea to develop over a period of time.

“What I want is hard to find in Spain. Long-term projects do not exist [in Spain], like they do in England. I am young as coaches go and I can’t predict my future.

“Real Madrid are a great club, a very great club, but I am at another wonderful club – one that really motivates me. I will work where I feel I can develop a project.”