When Brendan Rodgers was sacked by Leicester City, one of the first names to be linked as a replacement was Rafa Benítez, who was immediately approached.

The Spaniard is still out of a job since leaving his role at Everton over a year ago, and while he has received a number of offers since, he has yet to accept one.

Gazzetta dello Sport have an interview with the 63-year-old ahead of the return leg between Napoli and AC Milan in the Champions League, where he was asked about his future as a manager and why he has yet to return to a job.

Leicester City aren’t directly named, but it’s clear his answer applies to them, as there have been a number of times when Rodgers himself complained about the recent lack of investment at the King Power Stadium.

Benítez replied: “I want to be sure. My staff and I have managed to be competitive in many countries. Football is now more focused on academies. We’ve done it many times, but we always need capital to invest.”

Leicester have since appointed Dean Smith as their manager until the end of the season, who has the task of securing a Premier League spot for next season.

It’s not an easy one either, as the Foxes currently sit 19th in the table after 31 games, and are two points from safety, with a better goal difference than Everton in 17th.