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Atsu praises Benitez’s management skills


Black Stars and Newcastle United winger, Christian Atsu, has praised Rafael Benitez’s management acumen in guiding the Magpies back to the Premier League after the just a year in the Championship. Atsu contributed one goal in Newcastle’s 4-1 win over Preston on Monday which sealed their place in the English top flight next season. For observers, Benitez has strengthened his ...

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Jose Mourinho says Rafael Benitez ‘destroyed’ Inter in six months

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Jose Mourinho has accused Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez of “destroying the best team in Europe” when the Spaniard replaced him at Inter Milan in 2010. The Chelsea boss spoke after Benitez’s wife joked her husband was “tidying up” another Mourinho “mess” at Real. As well as Real, Benitez also managed Chelsea – although he did not directly replace Mourinho ...

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Rafael Benitez: New Real boss ‘admires’ Raheem Sterling

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Rafael Benitez said he “admires” Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling at the news conference to confirm his appointment as Real Madrid manager. The ex-Liverpool manager has ended a two-year stint with Napoli, signing a three-year contract at the Bernabeu with the promise of “quality football” which “wins trophies”. When asked about 20-year-old England international Sterling, Benitez said: “We admire Raheem, that’s ...

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Rafael Benitez set to become Real Madrid manager


The 55-year-old ex-Liverpool boss ended a two-year stint with Napoli following a 4-2 home defeat by Lazio on Sunday. “I am enthusiastic and happy, although there are things that still need to be discussed,” Benitez said upon his arrival in Madrid. Madrid-born Benitez will replace Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked last week just a year after winning the Champions League ...

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Rafa Benitez lands in Spain ahead of Real Madrid move

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Rafa Benitez has landed in Spain ahead of his expected move to Real Madrid. The former Napoli manager, who spell at the Serie A side came to end with a 4-2 defeat at home to Lazio on Sunday, is set to be handed the reins at the Bernabeu. Madrid-born Benitez has been strongly linked with Real this summer, the club ...

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Rafael Benitez: Real Madrid chief suggests appointment close

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A Real Madrid vice-president has given the strongest indication yet that Rafael Benitez is to be appointed head coach at the Spanish club. Benitez, who steps down as Napoli boss after Sunday’s last game of the season, is expected to replace Carlo Ancelotti. Speaking at a Madrid fans’ meeting on Saturday, Eduardo Fernandez de Bla said: “Carlo Ancelotti is a ...

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Rafael Benitez confirms Napoli departure


Rafael Benitez says he will be leaving Napoli following the final game of the Italian club’s season on Sunday. The Spaniard, 55, is favourite to take over at Real Madrid, who sacked coach Carlo Ancelotti on Monday. “I want to thank the chairman, club and fans because after two years my experience here in Napoli is coming to an end,” ...

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Rafael Benitez: Real Madrid line up Napoli’s ex-Liverpool manager


Napoli boss Rafael Benitez has emerged as a leading candidate to become the next Real Madrid manager. Current Real boss Carlo Ancelotti is widely expected to leave his post after this weekend’s final game of the season against Getafe. Talks between the parties are under way, with 55-year-old Benitez’s Napoli contract due to expire next month, although no agreement has ...

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