Benitez confirmed as Napoli boss after Chelsea tenure ends

Rafael Benitez was not out of work long after his interim spell at Chelsea came to an end, with the Daily Mail reporting that the Spaniard has been appointed the new manager of Serie A side Napoli.

The posting was confirmed in a tweet from Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis after the two men met in London. De Laurentiis had claimed late last week that the deal was done but was forced to backtrack as Benitez was still employed by Chelsea – but now the ex-Liverpool boss has left Stamford Bridge, the path is clear for a move to San Paolo.

Napoli have since followed up on the President’s social network comments with an official statement. It read: “Rafa Benitez is the new coach of Napoli. An agreement was signed [on Monday] in London. Napoli are happy to welcome a coach so prestigious to our own family. A welcome also to his collaborators.

Benitez replaces Walter Mazzarri, who left Napoli to take over at Inter, one of Benitez’s former clubs. In a statement on his official website, Benitez said: “Now that the agreement is confirmed, I can say I am very happy and very satisfied for having committed to a great club with an illustrious heritage like Napoli.

I understand the history of the city and how the club forms a fundamental part of the culture and traditions of Naples. I must confess that I am extremely excited because I can share my passion for football with the fans of Napoli; it is proven that they are very, very special.

I look forward to experiencing each and every one of the fans of Napoli and their strong support for this project that we will begin.

The Mail claims Benitez will have to do without in-demand striker Edinson Cavani, who is wanted by Manchester City, Real Madrid and Chelsea, and that Benitez would like to see Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo brought to Napoli as Cavani’s replacement.

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