Real Madrid vice-president Eduardo Fernandez de Blas has revealed the club’s intention to appoint Rafael Benitez as coach, hailing him as one of the world’s best.The club official said he is looking forward to which players arrive to work under “an exceptional coach”, saying the Spaniard will be one of the best in the world.
Benitez, who steps down as Napoli boss after Sunday’s last game of the season, is expected to replace Carlo Ancelotti.
It is reported that Fernandez let the move slip during a club event Saturday. Real Madrid sacked Carlo Ancelotti last week after he signed with the club in June 2013, and Benitez has said he will leave Napoli after their Serie A finale against Lazio Sunday night.Madrid sacked Ancelotti after he only won the Club World Cup this year, despite the Italian having led the club to a 10th European Cup and the Copa del Rey last term.
While Chelsea boss Mourinho was sacked by Real in 2013 after winning one league title and one Spanish Cup during three seasons in charge.
Speaking at a Madrid fans’ meeting on Saturday, Eduardo Fernandez de Bla said. “I’ll tell you one thing, Carlo Ancelotti is a real phenomenon. We give our thanks to him.“Until three days ago, he was, for me, the best coach in the world, just as two years ago it was Jose Mourinho, and as from this week it will be Rafa Benitez.”
Although Ancelotti signed a three-year deal with Real Madrid in June 2013 and won the Champions League and Copa del Rey in 2014, Madrid failed to win any major trophies this season. The club finished second in La Liga and was eliminated from the Champions League in the semifinals by Juventus.
“I’m excited and looking forward to July 30 to see how the best players in the world work under an exceptional coach.”The executive added that, despite his sacking, Ancelotti’s reputation has been boosted by his time in the Spanish capital.
Benitez, 55, was born in Madrid and has been a manager since 1993. Before joining Napoli in 2013, he was the interim manager for Chelsea after a year with Inter Milan in 2010. He previously managed Liverpool from 2004 to 2010, winning the UEFA Champions League in 2005, and also led Valencia to two Primera Division titles and a UEFA Cup championship.Benitez also won two La Liga titles and the Uefa Cup with Valencia between 2001 and 2004, and coached Madrid’s reserve side from 1993 to 1995.