Rafael Benitez was appointed as the new manager for Real Madrid this season after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked. This the third club the Spaniard has joined which was previously managed by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Previously he took charge of Inter Milan after Mourinho left. Then he served as an interim manager of Premier League giants Chelsea FC in 2012/13. Now he is the manager of Real Madrid, whom Mourinho had managed for 3 seasons.

Regarding Benitez’s connection with Mourinho, his wife Montserrat Seara jokingly said: “We tidy up his messes. If you think about it, of course you end up crossing paths. There are only a few world-class clubs out there.”

The manager’s wife is a law professor in the northern region of Galicia. She discussed further about her husband’s passion for football and how he introduced her to the world of football in their first date.

Seara continued: “On our first date, Rafa explained to me what a 4-4-2 was. He finds it hard to stay away from the game,” she said. “The year we spent at home he helped coach the local school team. It was hilarious. He stood on the sidelines and shouted at them as if they were first division players, waving his arms about. He doesn’t see football as work, it’s his passion.

“It was hard to see each other over the winter in Napoli. There were no direct flights and it was complicated. Things will be much easier now in Madrid.”

She was also asked about Benitez’s retirement plans, to which she replied: “I don’t know if he’ll ever retire. All being well, he has 20 years of football left.”


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