Benitez confirmed as new Chelsea manager

Rafa Benitez will take over as Chelsea manager until the end of the season, following the dismissal of Roberto Di Matteo on Wednesday, the club have confirmed.

The former Liverpool and Inter manager flew back from Abu Dhabi earlier today to conclude negotiations on a deal that will see the Spaniard join on a temporary basis.

Di Matteo was sacked in the earlier hours following a 3-0 defeat to Juventus in the Champions League, one which leaves qualification for the knock-out stages unlikely.

Benitez, 52, has been out of work since being sacked by Inter in December of 2010, just six months after joining the Italian giants – but not before winning the Italian Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup.

The Spaniard, when asked earlier if he would be interested in a move by the media, told Sport360:

“In football a lot of people are talking so we will see what happens in the next few days. I am looking for a club that can challenge for trophies and Chelsea is one of these clubs.”

He is best known in the UK for his spell at Liverpool, where he won an FA Cup, a Community Shield, a UEFA Super Cup, and a UEFA Champions League trophy, to add to his UEFA Cup and La Liga titles won with Valencia.

It is reported that Blues owner Roman Abramovich will try to convince former Barcelona Coach Pep Guardiola to join at the end of the season.

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