Real Madrid Appoint Rafa Benitez

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 03 June 2015, 10:04

Rafa BenitezAs expected, Real Madrid have appointed Rafa Benitez as their new manager on a three-year deal at the Bernabeu. The Spanish giants sacked Carlo Ancelotti at the end of last season following the club's failure to win any major silverware.

Benitez was instantly installed as the favourite for the post, and has since left his post at Italian outfit Napoli in order to take charge of Cristiano Ronaldo and co in the Spanish capital.

Benitez, who previously managed Real's youth teams, has won plenty of silverware during his managerial career, having famously won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005, and the Uefa Cup with both Valencia and Chelsea.

The 55-year-old also led Los Che to a brace of La Liga titles, while he added the FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and the Community Shield to his growing collection during his time on Merseyside, while his most recent success was in the Coppa Italia (2014) during his time at Napoli.

Benitez endured a poor three month stint in charge Inter Milan, who won the treble the previous season (2009/10) under his rival Jose Mourinho. Meanwhile, his two-year spell in charge of Napoli ended in disappointment last weekend after he failed to lead the club to a top-4 finish, with the 5th-placed Naples side instead forced to settle for a spot in next season's Europa League.

Now Benitez has landed his dream job he will be expected to make an instant impact at one of the most demanding club's in world football. Los will be gunning to bounce back next term after finishing the previous season empty handed, and they have been priced at 13/8 (Bet365) to win their first top-flight title since 2012, and 9/2 (Sky Bet) to hoist their second Champions League trophy in three years.

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