Saturday 22 July 2017

Rafa Benitez poised to become next Real Madrid boss - reports

Former Liverpool and Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez
Former Liverpool and Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Napoli manager Rafa Benitez could be unveiled as Carlo Ancelotti's successor next week accoriding to both Spanish and Italian reports.

Benitez is the favourite to succeed Ancelotti if, as expected, he is shown the door at the Bernabeu at the end of a disappointing campaign, and his agent has said that the former Liverpool manager would "love" the opportunity to take over at Los Blancos.

García Quilón, has told Spanish television channel 'Cuatro' that he thinks the Spanish manager would accept the job in the Real Madrid dugout, going as far as saying that he'd "love" to take the role on.

"So far there's been nothing," he said. "There's just a general rumour. Rafa has been a Real player, and he even managed Real Madrid B in his early years, so he certainly has no enemies within the club.

"I'm not a mind reader, but I imagine that he'd love to manage Real Madrid at some point in the future", he added.

Reports in both Italy and Spain are suggesting a deal is imminent.

Benitez has also been linked with West Ham United, and BBC sources are suggesting this will be his most likely destination should a move to Madrid fail to materialise.

The 55-year-old spent six years on Merseyside after winning La Liga twice with Valencia and also had short stints with Inter Milan and Chelsea. He took over as Napoli manager in 2013 where he has won the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana

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