“Now that the agreement is confirmed, I can say I am very happy and very satisfied for having committed to a great club with an illustrious heritage like Napoli," Benitez told Napoli’s official website.
"I must confess that I am extremely excited because I can share my passion for football with the fans of Napoli; it is proven that they are very, very special."
"I look forward to experiencing each and every one of the fans of Napoli and their strong support for this project that we will begin,” he added.
However, the Spanish boss will likely inherit a side that has a huge void left in it if transfer rumours linking Serie A top scorer Edinson Cavani are to be believed.
The Uruguayan hitman has scored a sensational 38 goals in all competition for Napoli this term and is undoubtedly one of the most-wanted men on the continent this summer.
He’s been linked with potential moves to Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and abroad the likes of Real Madrid. His departure will be Benitez’ first real test in Naples as he’ll be charged with finding a suitable replacement.
However, Benitez has built a relationship with Chelsea and Spain striker Fernando Torres – first with Liverpool and then this term with the Blues – and the West Londoners are hoping to offload their £50 million man this summer to generate cash to spend on a more adequate replacement for him.
Torres, meanwhile, has been in the worst form of his career since his move to Stamford Bridge in 2011. He’s won the Champions League, the FA Cup and the Europa League with the Blues but he’s been a ‘flop’ by all accounts – he’s scored just 15 league goals in three seasons.
He will be hoping to resuscitate his career ahead of the World Cup in Brazil next summer, which he will be hoping to be part of with the Spain national team – but he’ll have to improve his scoring record to do so.
Could a move to Napoli be just what the doctor ordered for Fernando Torres? It would be a new country, a new league, a new club and fresh start – with Rafael Benitez there to guide and support him.
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