Rafa Benitez was on Wednesday named as new Real Madrid manager for a period of three years.
In what was no secret and came as no surprise to anyone, Benitez was in the Spanish capital to discuss terms, plan for the pre-season and for the transfers.
The official announcement read:
Real Madrid CF presents today, on 3rd June, Rafa Benitez as the new manager of the first team for the next three seasons.
The agreement to the effect will be signed at the palco de honor of the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu at 1PM (CET). Then Rafa Benitez will be available to the media in the press room.
The training grounds at Valdebebas and pitch of Bernabeu isn’t a new one to Benitez. After playing for the club for 7 years (between 13 years to 20 years of age) in the cantera, he took over the reigns of multiple youth teams at the club including Real Madrid Juvenil B, Real Madrid Juvenil A, Real Madrid Castilla and was second in command during the 1993-94 for the first team while working with Benito Floro.
Benitez now joins after managing Napoli in Serie A.
Benitez comes in after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked by the board much to the disapproval of many.