Rafael Benitez: 'Steven Gerrard right to turn down Chelsea move'

Benitez: 'Gerrard right to snub Chelsea'
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Rafael Benitez suggests that Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard made the right decision to stay at Anfield and not move to Chelsea.

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has suggested that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard made the right decision in rejecting a move to Stamford Bridge.

The England skipper was almost lured to the Blues under then boss Jose Mourinho following the Reds' Champions League triumph in 2005, but the 32-year-old opted to commit his future to his boyhood club.

"He won the Champions League and he is a legend in Liverpool," the Daily Mail quotes Benitez as saying. "I think he will say he made the right decision at the time."

Benitez, who was in charge of the Reds between 2004 and 2010, will return to Anfield on Sunday with his Chelsea team in the Premier League.

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez smiles during the match against Stoke on January 12, 2013
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