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Napoli to Appoint Rafa Benitez As Their New Manager Says Club President

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed that Rafael Benitez is on the verge of becoming the club’s new manager.

According to reports in the Italian media, De Laurentiis told reporters, “I’ve given myself a birthday gift, I’ve signed Benitez. 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.”

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez is currently in the United States as Chelsea prepare for their match tomorrow against Manchester City at Yankee Stadium. Benitez’s contract at Chelsea is set to expire next week.

If De Laurentiis is able to convince Benitez to put pen to paper, do you think it’s a wise move for Benitez? And what will that mean to the Premier League clubs who are looking for a new manager (Everton and Stoke City)? Tell us your opinions in the comments section below.

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  1. El Duce

    May 25, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    The PL is a worse place without Benitez.

  2. Smokey Bacon

    May 24, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Sorry to see him go but good luck to him. He showed real class at Chelsea and has done his reputation no harm at all. Rather than waste time and money on Pellegrini, Benitez would be good fit for Man City, assuming of course he didn’t bad mouth them 6 years ago while at Liverpool. But any sane person would take the spectacular gulf of Naples over rainy Manchester.

    • jtm371

      May 24, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      i think the scenery is easy on the eyes in Naples.

  3. David

    May 24, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Napoli will sell Cavani and that means they will not be as strong as this past season. Who they bring in to replace him will go a long way in determining how well they do moving forward.

    Good move for Benitez as he will manage a club in the Champions League. I’m putting my money on Chelsea and Napoli being drawn in the same group. Fingers crossed. Rafa vs Jose will never go out of style.

  4. French Baguette of Love

    May 24, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    lol, i’ll take Napoli over Everton or Stoke City anyday.

  5. MNUfan1991

    May 24, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    I think FSW goes there just for that Food Network woman’s cooking.

  6. Patrick

    May 24, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I think the potential is defintely there for Rafa to succeed in Napoli. Napoli’s primary problem to me at least seemed to be scoring on a consistent basis. It will be interesting to see how the 2013-14 season goes for them given that they will be back in the Champions League. I am hoping that their Serie A form does not falter as it did in 2011-12. I think that we can all admit that what Aurelio has done for the club has been amazing regardless of whether or not you are a Napoli supporter. Next season in Serie A should interesting or at least has the potential to be interesting.

  7. Pete Q

    May 24, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I like Napoli. Benitez didn’t have a great time during his last Serie A experience. Guess we’ll see how this goes.

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