'It's been an honour' - Rafa Benitez breaks his silence after Real Madrid sacking
Outgoing Real Madrid manager Rafael Benítez has released a statement to wish his successor Zinedine Zidane luck just a day after his sacking.
The 55-year-old was dismissed six months into a three-year contract at the Santiago Bernabéu following the 2-2 draw with Valencia which left them four points adrift of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.
Zidane took training for the Spanish giants for the first time today as Madrid acclimatises to life under new leadership, with the former midfield and club legend proving a popular choice among supporters.
Speaking via his official website, Benítez said: “Now, at the end of my time as first team coach of Real Madrid, I would like to use this article to say goodbye to everyone at every level of the club.
“I want everyone at the club from the Board of directors, executives, workers and all of the fans, know that it has been an honour and privilege to be in charge at this club [where] I grew up as a person, player and coach from the lowest categories through to the first team.
“As a madridista from Madrid, steeped in the traditions and values of this institution, which I learned in the old sports city of Castellana, it has been an honour to work for these colours.
“I would especially like to thank everyone at the new sports city and the Santiago Bernabéu who since my first steps through the door have supported me and made my work easier. Thanks to all for helping.
“With all that I have said still in mind, I would like to wish good luck to Zinedine Zidane, my successor, and his staff. To all the players, coaches and staff in both Valdebebas and Bernabéu, I wish all the best and also good luck.
“With all my respect and thanks... HALA MADRID and NOTHING ELSE.”
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