rafael benitez has been appointed as the new coach of napoli president aurelio de laurentiis, club announced on his twitter feed tonight.
the spaniard, who has left chelsea following his spell as interim manager at stam ugg australia ford bridge will replace walter mazzarri at the stadio san paolo this summer.
this evening tweeted was a picture of him shaking hands with benitez on his twitter account, rafa benitez and wrote: « is the new coach of napoli. a great man with international experience. a leader. »
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benitez led chelsea to europa league glory and a third place finish in the ugg australia barclays premier league this season after replacing roberto di matteo, in november.
the spaniard won the champions league with liverpool in 2005 while at europa league triumph in this month with his second w ugg australia in in the competition after he won it with valencia in 2004 before moving to anfield.
the 53 year old also won the first division twice with los che, and has won the english and italian domestic cup with the reds and inter milan.
he moved to the san siro in the summer of 2010, after jose mourinho had guided inter in the champions league and he also has some big boots to fill in naples.
the coppa italia mazzarri guided) in 2012 and their second placed finish this term in their best league finish in serie a since they won the scudetto in 1990.
benitez’s first job will be attempting to keep hold of star player edinson cavani, who has been heavily linked with a move away from italy this summer.
his appointment this evening puts an end to recent speculation over benitez’s future after he was linked with the current vacancies at real madrid and stoke.