Napoli unveil new boss Benitez

Former Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez has been officially unveiled as the new manager of Serie A side Napoli.

Last Updated: 21/06/13 at 20:43 Post Comment

Rafael Benitez: Officially unveiled as the new Napoli boss

Rafael Benitez: Officially unveiled as the new Napoli boss

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New Napoli coach Rafael Benitez is delighted to have joined a Champions League side who are "still growing".

Benitez was announced last month as the successor to Walter Mazzarri in the Naples hot-seat, and had his official unveiling to the media this afternoon.

After posing with, and signing, a Napoli shirt in front of photographers and cameramen from around the world, he said: "I am very happy, very happy.

"The main thing you can see is that a lot of journalists are here from different countries, that shows the club is growing.

"We are in the Champions League and still growing."

Napoli secured their place in the elite European competition by finishing second in Serie A last season, their best result since they last won the Scudetto in 1990.

Club president Aurelio de Laurentiis is aiming to push on further from that mark, and said: "Rafa Benitez is an international name.

"We have made very big progress in the last four years and I hope in the next five years to jump again and again and again.

"There is a company in England who rated us in 20th place in Europe, a German company put us 15th and UEFA, I think, has put us 29th.

"Benitez will help in that process of going up, with results which will put us in the condition to play - I hope for ever - in the Champions League."

Benitez added: "My experience in different countries can give them some ideas but they were doing something right. You cannot achieve what they have without doing something right.

"You can see that ambition, the chairman is talking about the facilities here and the training ground, how to improve, and you can build something stronger.

"We will discuss everything and hopefully continue growing. I can see the club is going in the right direction."


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