Everton’s stance on Rafael Benitez has been clarified during the search for a new manager.

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Everton’s stance on Rafael Benitez has been clarified during the search for a new manager.

Rafa Benitez has yet to be contacted by Everton, but his name has been mentioned by the club’s decision-makers.

Farhad Moshiri and the Everton board of directors have discussed the 61-year-old as they continue their search for Carlo Ancelotti’s successor at Goodison Park.

Everton are currently in their second week without a manager after the sudden departure of the Italian last Tuesday, and no appointment has been made.

The Blues are unwilling to make a hasty decision and are continuing to discuss their shortlist of contenders, with the ECHO reporting that no clear standout contender has emerged.

Nuno Espirito Santo, the former Wolves manager who appeared to be on his way to Crystal Palace before talks apparently fell through this week, has been contacted.

Everton continue to be interested in Brighton manager Graham Potter, while Lille’s title-winning manager Christophe Galtier is connected with the post at Goodison Park.

And Benitez, who led Liverpool from 2004 to 2010, has been mentioned by Everton’s top brass, although it is unclear whether the Blues will approach the Spaniard about replacing Ancelotti.

Benitez is eager to return to the Premier League after leaving Newcastle United in 2019.

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