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Rafael Benitez appointed manager of Napoli

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Rafael Benitez has been appointed as the new manager of Serie A side Napoli, just days after taking charge of Chelsea for the final time.

The Blues finished the season by winning the Europa League final, beating Benfica 2-1 in Amsterdam. Benitez, who was working as an interim coach, also guided Chelsea to a third-place finish in the Premier League, ensuring there will be Champions League football at Stamford Bridge next season.

Shortly afterwards, Chelsea jetted off to the United States to play Manchester City in two friendly games, both of which ended in defeat. 

But, only days later, Benitez had found himself a new job.

Napoli president De Laurentiis posted a picture of him shaking hands with Benitez on Twitter, with the message: "Rafa Benitez is the new manager of Napoli. A man of great international experience. A leader."

Benitez walks into the Napoli dressing room after former manager Walter Mazzari left to join Inter Milan. Mazzari joins Inter after Andrea Stramaccioni was sacked last week. 

Former Napoli manager Mazzari took Napoli to second place in Serie A, and also guided them to a Coppa Italia title last season.

Following the announcement on Twitter, Napoli have since confirmed the appointment of Benitez on their official website, calling Benitez a "prestigious" manager.  

Benitez was widely linked with the vacant positions at Stoke City and Everton, but it will be Italy where Benitez continues his managerial career. 

 

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