Soccer

Napoli meet with Benitez

2013-05-20 18:01
Rafael Benitez (Gallo Images)
Milan - Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis was in London Monday to meet Rafael Benitez in a bid to lure Chelsea's Spanish manager to the Serie A club, according to reports in Italy.

Napoli's runner-up place to Juventus was confirmed when the season ended on Sunday, meaning the Neapolitans have qualified for next season's Champions League.

Napoli's need to find a new coach is pressing as Walter Mazzarri confirmed on Sunday his departure from the club.

"My cycle at Napoli has come to an end. I need a change of scene," Mazzarri, who has been tipped to replace Aurelio Andreazzoli at Roma, said after Napoli's 2-1 defeat to the Giallorossi.

Several reports in Italy said De Laurentiis was accompanied by the club's sporting director Riccardo Bigon and another official, Andrea Chiavelli, on the trip.

Former Liverpool manager Benitez has already coached in Italy, taking over from Jose Mourinho after the Portuguese led Inter Milan to a treble of league, Cup and Champions League.

After signing a two-year deal, Benitez steered the Nerazzurri to victory in the Italian Super Cup and Club World Cup but a run of poor results in the league left his position fragile and after seeing his request for new players turned down he was eventually sacked in December.

Benitez took over at Chelsea last November following the sacking of Andre Villas Boas and led the defending Champions League winners to victory in the Europa League final over Benfica.

Read more on:    rafael benitez  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
4 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.