Rafa Benitez
Benitez is hoping to move back to England. REUTERS

Rafa Benitez continues to maintain that there have been no offers made for his services at Chelsea, with the former Liverpool manager currently odds-on to take over the role left vacant by Andre Villas-Boas.

Benitez has been very open about the fact that he wants his next managerial position to be with a top English club, after the Spaniard was let go by Inter Milan in 2010.

And with the Chelsea job now available, he has been clear that if Roman Abramovich wants him on board, he will happily make the move to Stamford Bridge.

A Champions League trophy under his belt with Liverpool would make him an ideal candidate for Abramovich, but Benitez insists that Chelsea are yet to begin any negotiations over a possible deal.

"I'm waiting for a good offer in England, my family is settled here and I didn't have the right offer so far," he said, as reported by Sky Sports.

"I'm not worried about it, I need to find the right club and the right project.

"I heard a lot of rumours about Chelsea but I didn't have a proper offer on the table."

Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have long been touted as favourites to take on the Chelsea job, but it would appear unlikely that the pair would leave their wildly successful clubs for a side that is well known for not giving managers time to put their mark on a squad, or even come second in the title and Champions League races.

France manager Laurent Blanc, who comes out of contract with the national side after the 2012 Euros, was recently connected to the Chelsea job as well.

And Glen Hoddle recently insisted that Roberto Di Matteo was in pole position to make his place permanent with the Blues, telling reporters: "You play your best players on the big nights and they've done that.

"They rested Frank, but he came on and looked as if he was positive, he wanted to get forward into the box and did his bit defensively. Drogba will do the same when he comes back in at the weekend or whenever they play him.

"John Terry and Ashley Cole are the better players in those positions and they are a must. They've got to be in that team - and Roberto knows that.

"He's had a really good night, he's in the semi-final of the FA Cup, he's still got a chance of getting in the top four and I think he's now going to end up in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

"He's in pole position for that job at this moment in time. It's in his hands."