Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has officially been appointed as the new boss of Spanish giants Real Madrid, having signed a three year deal.
Benitez – who left Serie A side Napoli at the end of this season – will be unveiled to the media later today, according to Sky
The 55-year-old – whose first job in the dugout was with Los Blancos’ B team – has been selected to replace Carlo Ancelotti at the Bernabeu, after the Italian was discarded following his failure to win a trophy this season – although he did lead the side to La Decima in 2014, as they beat city rivals Atletico in the Champions League final.
The Spaniard has a tremendous reputation across the continent, having made his name as a specialist in European competitions. He infamously guided the Merseyside club to their fifth Champions League triumph a decade ago, and has won the Europa League twice – once with Chelsea, and also with Valencia when the competition was known as the UEFA Cup.
He also clinched the league title twice during the height of the Galatico era, when he was at the helm at Valencia, so will be a worthy appointment to attempt to end the dominance of Barcelona, who are on the verge of a treble this season.