‘Benitez 99% certain for Madrid’

Rafa Benitez has been described as an almost certainty to be the new Coach of Real Madrid after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked.

Madrid President Florentino Perez confirmed the Italian’s departure at a Monday evening Press conference and said a new boss would be appointed next week.

Ernesto Bronzetti, Ancelotti’s representative, has told Italian outlet Rai Sport that Benitez, currently in charge of Napoli, will be Ancelotti’s successor.

“Benitez will be the Coach of Madrid, it’s 99%,” Bronzetti said, Marca reports.

“Today, Ancelotti wants to take a year off, that’s his intention.

“The team was concerned by the news and some players cried when his departure was announced.

“Real Madrid can sack you if you don’t win any trophies in a season.”

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