Benitez shrugs off Juventus speculation

LIVERPOOL - Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez said on Friday he was aware he had been linked with Serie A club Juventus but maintained he was happy to stay in England.

Benitez has been under increasing pressure at Liverpool with his team effectively out of contention for the Premier League title and also out of the Champions League, the FA Cup and the League Cup.

Juventus replaced coach Ciro Ferrara with Alberto Zaccheroni on Friday after five defeats in six matches.

At a news conference on Friday ahead of Saturday's Premier League game against Bolton Wanderers, Benitez said he did not plan to comment on speculation linking him with Juventus.

"I know that they (Juventus) were interested but that is part of the game now in football but I am just preparing for the Bolton game," he said.

"I think when you are a manager and clubs ask then you have to be proud because they are a big club and a top side in Europe.

"But I am really pleased here and really happy and I want to do my job as best as I can."