Rafa Benitez has been confirmed as the new coach of Real Madrid on a three-year contract.Rafa Benitez was in tears on Wednesday as he fulfilled a lifetime’s ambition taking over the La Liga side.The Madrid-born former Liverpool manager gave one of the shortest opening speeches of any coach taking over the club in the last 15 years.
Madrid president Florentino Perez described Benitez as ‘one of ours’ and welcomed him back to the club. The 55-year-old was officially presented as Carlo Ancelotti’s successor on Wednesday after leaving Serie A side Napoli last week. Benitez has spent the past two seasons with Italian side Napoli, having previously enjoyed success at European level with a number of clubs.
He is the 10th coach to be appointed by PresidentFlorentino Perez and was close to tears when he was presented to the media at the Bernabéu.“It’s emotional to come home,” he said. “I don’t know what to say. I want to make sure we win things and the team plays well.”
Benitez puts pen to paper on his three-year contract at Madrid to become their manager. In his speech, he mentioned that he would set out the team to attack. “When you have a roster with such quality you have to attack, to try to score goals, and to win if possible playing attractive football,” said the manager.
Perez said: “We are convinced the arrival of Benitez will make us stronger. We are bringing in a coach who has always wanted to be manager this club. Someone who is known for his methods and for his professionalism.”
After leaving Real in 1995, Benítez graduated to several modest teams in Spain as he developed his coaching philosophy. He made his name with Valencia, whom he led to two La Liga titles before leaving for Liverpool, where he won the FA Cup and the Champions League.Benitez, Real’s eighth coach in 10 years, is returning to Madrid for a third spell in a coaching role having previously been in charge of their youth side in 1986 and their ‘B’ team in the early 1990s.
“He knows this club. He is one of ours. He arrived here as a 13-year-old and I imagine it is very special for him to take over the club as its manager today. Dear Rafa, welcome home,” added Perez to the reporters. Madrid’s president Perez is known for his ruthless hiring and firing policy with Carlo Ancelotti his latest victim moved on just a year after winning the Champions League.