The ex Liverpool gaffer is as big as Evens to still be in charge at Real Madrid for the start of 2016/17 season. Indeed, Carlo Ancelotti won the Champions League and the Copa del Rey last season and reached the quarter-finals of the former competition this year. Nevertheless, this was deemed a failure by the notoriously hard-to-plash Real board and Benitez will have a tough task ahead of him as the demands for silverware become ever greater.
Benitez will be the 13th manager at the Bernabeu in 12 years and he will be confident of success at a club at which he started both his playing and coaching careers. Nevertheless, Betway go 11/4 that he will last the three years of his contract, the same firm going 9/4 that he manages a Champions League triumph at some stage of the next three seasons, freebetting website reporting popular support.
Benitez guided Serie A club Napoli to fifth in the league and he has an impressive record in Spain, leading Valencia to two La Liga titles as well as back-to-back Champions League finals appearances and a UEFA Cup triumph. The new Real manager refused to discuss any possible transfer targets yesterday, however he admitted that he admired Raheem Sterling and the England star is 3/1 with Betfred to leave Liverpool for the Bernabeu this summer.
If Benitez was previously unaware of the huge demands which will be placed upon him at Real Madrid, he should now be in no doubt following the words said by club president Florentino Perez at the press conference yesterday: “At Real, the demands are maximum. You arrive to the biggest club in the world. We have won more titles than any other but we want more.”