Real Madrid Vice-President Confirms Benitez Deal

Former Valencia, Liverpool, Inter Milan and Chelsea manager Benitez announced his exit from Serie A side Napoli on Thursday.

Published: 31st May 2015 09:09 PM  |   Last Updated: 31st May 2015 09:09 PM   |  A+A-

Rafael-Benitez-AP
By IANS

MADRID: Real Madrid vice-president Eduardo Fernandez de Blas on Sunday announced his football club's intention to appoint Rafael Benitez as coach, also hailing him as one of the world's best.

Benitez is widely anticipated to succeed Carlo Ancelotti at Real, after the Italian was sacked following a season in which the club missed out on the La Liga and Champions League titles.

"Ancelotti is an absolute phenomenon -- a gentleman whom I have great affection for, and I think everyone else at Real Madrid does too," de Blas was quoted as saying by goal.com.

"Until three days ago he was the best trainer in the world, as two years ago it was Jose Mourinho, and from this week onwards it will be Rafa Benitez,” he said.

"I'm excited and looking forward to July 30 to see how the best players in the world work under an exceptional coach."

The vice-president added, despite his sacking, Ancelotti's reputation has been boosted by his time in the Spanish capital.

"Carlo now has more to his name than when he came, but we're here to make decisions, which we think are best for the club. We live and die by them," he said.

Former Valencia, Liverpool, Inter Milan and Chelsea manager Benitez announced his exit from Serie A side Napoli on Thursday.

Stay up to date on all the latest Sport news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp