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February 25, 2009, 14:26
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Top bookmakers have suspended betting on Rafael Benitez’s future after a flurry of bets that predicted he would leave Anfield before the end of the weekend.

The timing of this news is not good given the Reds Champions League encounter with Spanish giants Real Madrid just hours away.

Benitez has been in contract negotiations with Tom Hicks and George Gillett for several months now, with no resolution found and he is said to believe he will need to find new employment should they fail to agree terms before the Summer arrives.

The Americans agreed to offer the Spaniard new terms late last year, but each time paperwork arrived Benitez was aggrieved by verbally agreed points being replaced by differing terms, according to sources.

The Spaniard started coaching at Real Madrid in 1986 and went on to become a first-team coach under Vicente Del Bosque in the mid nineties. With current boss Juande Ramos only on a contract until the end of the season, the Bernabeu club could see this Summer as the time to make their move for Benitez.

Liverpool executive Rick Parry has been at the centre of this struggle, with Benitez wanting Parry to be removed from transfer negotiations as the manager believes he is to blame for the failure of many deals at Anfield.

Rupert Adams, a spokesman for William Hill, said: “We are slightly jumpy after being turned over by the recent Weymouth coup but the level of interest on Rafa getting the sack is unprecedented with over 300 calls logged today alone.”

“We would be very surprised if he is still the Liverpool boss by midnight on Sunday.”

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