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Benitez 'enthusiastic' and 'happy' about Real Madrid

Less than 24 hours after overseeing his final game in charge of Napoli, Rafael Benitez landed in Madrid on Monday morning.

Benitez is expected to take over at Real Madrid this week. Credit: PA

The 55 year old, whose two-year stint with Napoli ended with a 4-2 home defeat to Lazio on Sunday, is expected to be named as the new Real Madrid coach this week.

Madrid-born Benitez has been strongly linked with Real this summer, the club where he started his coaching career.

"I am enthusiastic and happy," Benitez said to the Spanish press upon his arrival in the capital. "Although there are things that still need to be discussed."

Real sacked coach Carlo Ancelotti last week following a trophy-less season.


Napoli deny Benitez will leave for Real Madrid

Rafa Benitez is favourite to be Real Madrid's new head coach. Credit: Serg Glovny/Zuma Press/PA

Napoli insist a hastily-scheduled press conference has not been organised to confirm the departure of head coach Rafael Benitez for Real Madrid.

The Serie A club have called a briefing with club president Aurelio De Laurentiis and head coach Benitez for Thursday afternoon, amid growing speculation the Spaniard will replace Carlo Ancelotti at Real.

A statement published on read: "The club wishes to state that tomorrow's press conference concerns only footballing matters related to Napoli and not the future of Benitez.

"Therefore, no questions pertaining to the future of the Azzurri coach will be accepted."

Former Liverpool boss yet to decide on future

Could Rafa be heading back to the Premier League. Credit: PA

Napoli coach Rafa Benitez claims he has not received any offers from other clubs, despite being out of contract with the Serie A outfit after this season.

There is speculation the former Liverpool and Chelsea coach could return to the Premier League in the summer.

Benitez is attempting to guide Napoli to a top-three finish in Serie A and enter next year's Champions League.

Napoli are also in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia and take on Dinamo Moscow in Thursday's first leg of the Europa League round of 16.

When asked about his future, Benitez told the Italian press on Wednesday: "I have not decided yet.

"I'm happy here but as I've already said, I will speak in April.

"I have not received any offers. Right now my thoughts are on Napoli and on our next games."

Video: Benitez reveals plan leave to Chelsea

On Wednesday, Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benitez revealed he will stand down at the end of the season.

Speaking after Chelsea's 2-0 win against Middlesbrough, Benitez said he was "disappointed" with some fans who he described as "wasting time" making negative banners instead of supporting the club.

He also revealed that he did not expect the word "interim" to be added to his title when he signed his contract.

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Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez to face fans at home

Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez will face fans later today for the first time since he angrily criticised their lack of support earlier this week.

The club will be hosting West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

After Wednesday's FA Cup win at Middlesbrough, Benitez said the decision to appoint him as 'interim manager' was "a mistake" and that fans are "wasting time" protesting against him.

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the season. Credit: PA Wire

On Friday, Benitez said he has no problems with Chelsea's board, the club's owner Roman Abramovich or the players.

He added: "I would like to see a fantastic atmosphere supporting the team."

Benitez stands by explosive comments

Rafael Benitez has told the BBC that he will see out the season at Chelsea, but that he stands by his tirade against the club yesterday.

He told Football Focus that his relationship with club owner Roman Abramovich is still " very good."

Rafael Benitez has stood by his recent criticisms of the Chelsea team but said he will see out the season Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Spaniard reiterated his problems with the fans saying, "we were winning yesterday [against Middlesbrough] and still they were singing - I think that will not do our team any favours."

Bookies favour Mourinho to replace Benitez

Labrokes favour former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho over Dortmund's Jurgen Klopp to replace Rafa Benitez:

William Hill offer 10/1 on Benitez to have left the club by noon today and 3/1 on an exit by 3pm on Saturday:

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