Wednesday June 3rd, 2015

Former Napoli and Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez will be named the manager of Real Madrid on Wednesday, the club announced.

The team says Benitez signed a three-year deal.

Benitez, 55, ended two-year campaign with Napoli after a 4-2 home defeat by Lazio on Sunday. Napoli finished fifth in the Serie A standings and will miss out on a Champions League spot next season.

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“I have spent two unforgettable years in Naples enjoying a unique, beautiful city with a superb location,” Benitez said on his website. “I enjoyed the people and the lifestyle of neapolitans. Now as I say goodbye I would like to thank each and every one of you for the special times I spent there."

He replaces Carlo Ancelotti, who was left go last week just a year after winning the Champions League.

Benitez previously coached Liverpool from 2004 to 2010, winning the Champions League in 2005, and also led Valencia to two La Liga titles, a UEFA Cup championship in 2004 and Europa League title two years ago at Chelsea.

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Real Madrid finished second in the La Liga standings this season, two points behind Barcelona.

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