Former Chelsea boss Benitez to take charge of Napoli

Reuters, Friday 24 May 2013

Former Chelsea and Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is poised to join Napoli, the Serie A club's president Aurelio De Laurentiis said on Friday

Rafael Benitez
Chelsea's former manager Rafael Benitez (Photo: Reuters)

"I've given myself a birthday gift, I've signed Benitez," De Laurentiis said in an interview with Mediaset television in London.

"I'll make it official in the next few days as Benitez needs to end things with Chelsea. He'll have a two-year contract, no longer. We need to get to know each other first, then we'll see."

Spaniard Benitez will replace Walter Mazzari, who left the club after their 2-1 loss at AS Roma in their last game of the season on Sunday.

Mazzari took them to second place in Serie A and re-established them as a force in Italian soccer. They also won the Italian Cup last season.

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