Rafael Benitez grateful, not bitter over Real Madrid departure

Madrid: Spaniard Rafael Benitez has expressed his gratitude for having the opportunity to manage Real Madrid and wished his successor Zinedine Zidane well.

Rafael Benitez
Rafael Benitez

Former Valencia, Liverpool, Chelsea and Napoli boss Benitez was replaced by Zidane on Monday after a disappointing seven-month, 25-match spell as boss. He won 16 games.

Writing on his personal website,, he said: "I would like to wish good luck to Zinedine Zidane, my successor, and his staff.

To all the players, coaches and staff in both Valdebebas and Bernabeu, I wish all the best and also good luck.

I'd like to say goodbye to everyone at every level of the club. I want the directors, executives, workers and fans to know that it's been privilege to be in charge at this club, where I grew up as a person, player and coach."

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