“Jermaine, bless him, had no interest in watching football and replied: ‘No — who was playing?’
“Rafa was absolutely dumbstruck. The moment those two particular worlds collided will stay with me for ever!
“In terms of Tottenham, it wouldn’t be the worst shout. He’s proven at the highest level, his CV is superb – there are worse candidates, for sure.”
Benitez has been out of work since he left his post in China with Dalian Professional in January.