Rafa Benitez is being touted as the new Everton manager by Farhad Moshiri.

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Rafa Benitez is being touted as the new Everton manager by Farhad Moshiri.

Guillem Balague has praised Rafa Benitez’s qualities for the Everton manager’s post, claiming that Farhad Moshiri “likes” him.

Despite being a former Liverpool manager, Benitez, 61, has been connected with the vacancy at Goodison Park. He has been out of employment since his dismal term in command of Chinese Super League team Dalian Professional ended in January.

Balague, a Spanish football journalist, addressed the topic on Twitter, telling his 1 million Twitter followers, “I understand the feeling from some owing to his time at Liverpool FC 15 years ago!”

“But, as far as I’m aware, his link is now more or at least as much with the city of Liverpool as it is with Liverpool Football Club (he has no relationship with the new owners).

“He lives in Merseyside, and (some) may be unaware of the work his and his wife’s foundation perform in the city, which is valued equally by Everton and Liverpool supporters who have benefited from it.

“Of course, I’m partial. I’m familiar with the job he can do as a coach (developing players and procedures) and as a manager (ask any of the clubs he’s worked for), and he understands the city better than most managers, which is a huge plus. Why shouldn’t he do it? Farhad Moshiri is said to like him.”

Balague also addressed Benitez’s infamous remark regarding Everton being a “little club” after a goalless Merseyside Derby at Anfield in 2007.

“Yes, he did imply Everton was a “little club,” he continued.

“Some people will quit reading here and boo him, continuing to despise him.

“However, allow me to explain how his mind tricked him like a fool. It was an exact translation from Spanish – we say that about defensively minded teams who refuse to play.

“He meant to say “small team” since he didn’t agree with Everton’s lack of initiative.

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