Former-Napoli manager Rafael Benitez has flown out to Spain in order to finalise his move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, reports Sky Sports.
The Spanish manager announced last week that he wouldn't be extending his contract with the Serie A club, meaning this weekend's game was his last in charge of Napoli, a club he's been at for the past two years.
Benitez's Time in Italy
Benitez joined the Italian outfit back in 2013, helping them to one Coppa Italia win during his stay. However, his time there ended on a sour note as he failed to reach the Champions League with them this season.
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Napoli finished 5th in Serie A, meaning they won't be in the Champions League next season, after they lost 4-2 to Lazio on the final day. Benitez's men went into the game knowing they had to win, and despite being 2-0 down at one point, they clawed it back to 2-2 after Lazio had a man sent off.
The Naples side then had a chance to win it, but Gonzalo Higuain missed a penalty, which then lead to Napoli going down to 10-men and eventually losing the game 4-2.
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Benitez was quick to leave Italy and flew into Spain this afternoon in order to hold talks with Real Madrid and Florentino Perez.
Real Madrid Changes
The La Liga giants recently parted ways with Carlo Ancelotti after the Italian failed to win a single piece of silverware this season, despite winning four trophies in his debut campaign.
Madrid fell behind FC Barcelona in the league and were knocked out of the Champions League during the Semi-Final stage to Italian giants Juventus.
After it was announced that Ancelotti would be leaving, Perez confirmed that the next manager at the Bernabeu would have to speak fluent Spanish, making Benitez the early favourite.
The former-Liverpool and Chelsea manager has now arrived in Spain and is now ready to finalise the deal and become the new Madrid manager.
It's expected that the formal announcement will be made later this week, but after arriving in Spain, Benitez made brief comments to local media, saying he was delighted to be in the country and his dream is about to start.
"I am enthusiastic and happy," Benitez said to the Spanish press upon his arrival in the capital.
"Although there are things that still need to be discussed," he added.
Benitez was born in Madrid, but hasn't been a manager in Spain since he left Valencia back in 2004 in order to join Premier League side Liverpool.
After making his return to his homeland, Benitez admitted it was a dream come true for him.
When confronted with a question about Real Madrid being his dream, Benitez simply replied with: "Yes."
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