Rafa Benitez has been confirmed as the new manager of Real Madrid.
The Spanish-born coach has signed a three-year deal at the club he began his coaching career with nearly 30 years ago.
The arriving Benitez will have an array of challenges on his hands as he looks to get Madrid back to winning ways. A struggling Gareth Bale and a now 30-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo will be at the forefront of his mind entering into the new season.
Madrid’s new manager is departing Napoli on the expiration of his current contract. He guided the Italian side to fifth place in Serie A, missing out on a Champions League football next season.
The former Liverpool boss will be replacing a popular figure in Carlo Ancelotti who won both the league and the long-awaited La Decima Champions League in his time at the club.
Benitez boasts impressive CV
Benitez is famous for his meticulous planning and preparation for every game that his sides play. It will be interesting to see how his liturgical style of management fits with the array of ego’s and attacking flare that populate the Real dressing room.
The 55-year-old first rose to prominence in the world of football when he guided Valencia to two La Liga titles in his three years at the club. In that time his side reached back to back Champions League finals, losing to Bayern Munich on penalties in 2001.
The Spaniard's CV includes a 2005 Champions League win with Liverpool, a Europa League title with Chelsea and the Coppa Italia in his time with Napoli.
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