Rafael Benitez is a “big name” and may be a success at Tottenham but his style of football will be unpopular among the fan base, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England defender delivered his verdict as Spurs weigh up a move for the Champions League winner.

As revealed by Football Insider, Tottenham want their next manager to have proven Premier League calibre and experience of managing a top-flight club.

Benitez, 61, is understood to be keen on the job after leaving Chinese club Dalian Professional in January.

Football Insider understands Spurs are closing in on appointing a new manager and are confident he will be in place soon after the end of the domestic campaign.

“Spurs fans have been moaning about the style of play,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“Is Rafa’s style of play exciting? No, not really, it’s counter-attacking football.

“He will defend, as Mourinho did, and then play on the counter-attack using pace in the wide areas.

“People will say ‘Oh, he was great when he was at Liverpool!’ He was, but he was still defensive and played counter-attacking football. He had weapon called Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres. Torres would run over the top and Gerrard would ping an eye of the needle pass 40 or 50 yards right onto his foot and allow him to finish.

“He was defensively minded at Chelsea and he was successful.

“Yes, it’s a big name and you’d expect him to do well but Tottenham fans, if that happens don’t expect to play the ‘Tottenham way’ that we hear about. They won’t be happy about that.”

In other news, Real Madrid have made an approach to sign a Tottenham 24-year-old.