It is official. Rafa Benitez has been confirmed as Real Madrid manager, after signing a three-year contract with the Spanish record champion. We had reported about the imminent arrival of Benitez yesterday and wish him all the best with his new position.
The Spaniard had recently left Italian Serie A club Napoli after two years in charge. He had confirmed early on that he would not be extending his stay in Italy, primarily due to family reasons, although it is arguably obvious that Real’s interest played its part. Benitez leaves Napoli with an impressive win record of almost 57%, despite failing to get the club back to the Champions League. In two years at the helm, he led Napoli to a record of 50 wins, 17 losses and 21 draws in 88 games in charge. It is likely that those figures will improve at the Spanish giants, but it is yet to be determined as to whether Benitez will be able to overcome Barcelona’s recent dominance.