Rafa Benitez may still be feeling the pain of being fired by Real Madrid on Monday, but the former manager made it clear that he has no ill will for the club in a letter he posted to his website Tuesday.
In the letter, Benitez thanked everyone, from the board of directors to the fans, for the time he spent coaching one of the most iconic soccer teams in the world.
Benitez also wished good luck to former French star Zinedine Zidane, who was named the new Real Madrid manager.
Benitez was hired by Real Madrid on June 3, 2015. His extensive managing history includes stints with Liverpool, Valencia, Chelsea and Napoli, among other clubs. He started his caching career with the Real Madrid youth team in 1986.
He also spent much of his playing time for Real Madrid Castilla of the Spanish second division.
Real Madrid (11–4–3) currently sits third in the La Liga standings behind rivals Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona.
The full letter is below:
“Now, at the end of my time as first team coach of Real Madrid,I would like to use this article to say goodbye to everyone at every level of the club. I want everyone at the club from the Board of directors, executives, workers and all of the fans, know that it has been an honour and privilege to be in charge at this club.were I grew up as a person, player and coach from the lowest categories through to the first team. As a madridista from Madrid, steeped in the traditions and values of this institution, which I learned in the old sports city of Castellana, it has been an honour to work for these colours. I would especially like to thank everyone at the new sports city and the Santiago Bernabéu who since my first steps through the door have supported me and made my work easier. Thanks to all for helping.
With all that I have said still in mind, I would like to wish good luck to Zinedine Zidane,my successor, and his staff. To all the players, coaches and staff in both Valdebebas and Bernabéu, I wish all the best and also good luck.
With all my respect and thanks... HALA MADRID and NOTHING ELSE.”