Benitez hints at Napoli extension

Napoli coach Rafael Benitez hinted he could extend his stay at the Serie A club as his side prepare to meet Dinamo Moscow in the last 16 of the Europa League.

The chances of Benitez remaining at the San Paolo look to have increased of late as Napoli maintain their bid for a top three finish that would offer Champions League football next season.

The Spaniard, whose contract expires in June, is keeping fans guessing but said on Wednesday he has not received offers from elsewhere and has no “ambitions in particular”.

On the even of Dinamo’s visit to Napoli for the first leg of their last 16 tie, Benitez told reporters: “In January I said I would make a decision on my future in April, and that is still the case.

“I’m happy here, but I will let everyone know my intentions in April. As things stand today, I haven’t received any offers and I don’t have any ambitions in particular. So my answer is still the same.”

Napoli host the Russian Premier League side looking to take a first step towards the quarter-finals of the Europa League having been knocked out at the last 16 stage by FC Porto last year.

But the Partenopei are not the only Italian side in action.

In all, five Italian teams kick-off on Thursday night with Torino away to former champions Zenit Saint Petersburg, Inter Milan visiting Wolfsburg and Fiorentina hosting Serie A rivals Roma.

Benitez warned over the danger of Dynamo, who sit third in the Russian top flight nine points behind Zenit, but believes the performance that saw his side take a two-goal lead over Inter Milan on Sunday — before the Nerazzurri hit back with two late goals — has boosted confidence.

“Dinamo are a quality side with fast players, but if we play the way we did against Inter I’ll be confident,” added the Spaniard.

“In the Europa League we’re not looking too far ahead. We just want to concentrate on one match at a time and tomorrow it will be a tough game against a difficult opponent.”

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