Rafa Bentitez has confirmed that he will leave Napoli after the current Serie A season ends this weekend. Benitez has been heavily linked to be the next manager at Real Madrid.
Despite his announcement, Benitez has all to play for in his final game as the Napoli boss this Sunday.
Napoli will go in their last game of the season full aware that if they beat Lazio over the weekend, they will be guaranteed a Champions League place next season.
Earlier in the week, Napoli claimed that Benitez will stay put in Serie A and had made clear guidelines to the media that the Spaniard will not answer any question relating to his move to Real Madrid.
Benitez in pre-match conference did not reveal the identity of his next club but he did go on to say the following:
“My time in Naples has ended,” Benitez said on Thursday in a press conference.
“I had a two-year contract with Napoli which ends after the match against Lazio.
“I would like to thank the president, the club and all the fans. On Sunday, we face a very important match and I want to finish my two years here with a victory.
“It’s always sad to leave a job where the people have treated you well from the start and Napoli was like this to me.”
Benitez becoming the Real Madrid boss would make real sense after all he was a product of Real Madrid’s B side and spent most of his career there. Benitez has managed Real Madrid at every level but the senior side.
The Spaniard is ready to make the biggest move of his career as he gears up to be the next Real Madrid manager.