June 03, 2015 09:59:12 UK
The former Valencia, Liverpool, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Napoli boss Rafael Benitez has been named as the new Real Madrid manager.
The 55-year-old has penned a three-year contract with Real after spending the last two seasons in charge of Napoli.
Benitez replaces Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked last week 12 months after helping Real clinch their tenth European Cup.
This season, Real finished second in La Liga behind Barcelona and were knocked out of the Champions League by Juventus in the semi-finals.
Benitez won the UEFA Cup with Valencia 11 years ago, the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005 and the Europa League at Chelsea two years ago.
He also led Los Che to two La Liga titles before guiding Liverpool to success in the FA Cup but moved to Inter Milan, where he endured a disappointing spell after succeeding Jose Mourinho, after spending six years at Anfield.
Benitez helped Napoli win the Coppa Italia in 2013/14 but the weekend defeat to Lazio meant they finished fifth in Serie A this term and did not qualify for the Champions League.
Los Blancos can be backed at 2.62 to win La Liga next season, with current champions Barcelona 1.72 and Atletico Madrid 15.00.
In a brief statement, Real Madrid said: “Real Madrid will present today, Wednesday, June 3, Rafa Benitez as the new coach of the first team for the next three seasons.”
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