Benitez focuses on football

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez would welcome any new investors into the club but remains to be convinced of their impending arrival.

Reports today suggested two tycoons from the sub-continent were competing for bids to buy a significant stake in the club.

However, representatives of Mukesh Ambani, head of Reliance Industries and the wealthiest man in India and seventh-richest in the world, denied claims he was interested in doing business with Liverpool’s co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

And it is understood there has been no bid submitted from Subrata Roy, chairman of the Sahara Group in India.

There has been plenty of speculation surrounding a number of potential investors and Benitez has heard it all before.

“We can see a lot of rumours in the press but we have to concentrate on football,” he said.

“Everyone knows we need a new stadium and investors if we want to go forward so it would be good for the club.

“Over the last two years everyone is talking about new investors and the new stadium and so all the fans are waiting for this good news and me too.

“I’ll be really pleased if we can bring [in] people who can help to bring the new stadium closer.

“If I signed a new (five-year) contract last year it was because they (Hicks and Gillett) told me they would be going forward.

“I am waiting for a while. The only thing I can do now is just concentrate on football and do our best on the pitch.”

Liverpool’s co-owners are in talks with a number of parties about investing in the club and will consider any possible offer on its own merits rather than setting out a definitive investment package.

However, chief executive Christian Purslow is currently working on securing £100m of outside investment which will significantly reduce the club’s £237m debt by the end of the season.

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