Benitez: I can't wait to get to Madrid

The 55-year-old has left Naples and is expected to complete his move to the Bernabeu on Monday before an official presentation on Wednesday

Rafa Benitez has broken his silence on his imminent move to Real Madrid, revealing he “can’t wait to be there”.

The 55-year-old left Napoli this morning and headed to the Spanish capital to finalise his appointment as Carlo Ancelotti’s successor at the Bernabeu.

Benitez is scheduled to arrive in Madrid at 12:30 CET, via a private jet sent by the club, when he will sign his contract before being officially presented to the media on Wednesday.

“I am ready,” Benitez told AS as he left for Spain. “I can’t wait to be there.”

The 55-year-old’s stay at Napoli came to a disappointing end on Sunday night after a home defeat to Lazio ended their hopes of Champions League qualification.

Benitez joined the Partenopei in 2013, leading them to the Coppa Italia and a third-placed finish in his first season in charge.

The former Liverpool boss spent most of his playing career with Real Madrid’s B team before going on to coach at every level of the club, excluding the first team.

Madrid vice-president Eduardo Fernandez de Blas revealed the club’s intention to appoint Benitez as coach, calling him one of the best in the world on Sunday.

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