Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has added weight to rumours that Napoli boss Rafa Benitez will succeed Carlo Ancelotti at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Benitez, a former Madrid player and coach of the B team, is hot favourite to replace the Italian for next season and has yet to talk about a new deal with the Serie A side.
Perez gave a nod to Benitez as the next Madrid coach by saying “it would be great if he [the next manager] speaks Spanish”. That all-but rules out Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp, despite joking that he can say “una cerveza por favour” (one beer please).
The Madrid president also said that Ancelotti’s successor will be named next week and Benitez’s last game in charge is on Sunday in Serie A with Napoli taking on Lazio.
Benitez’s agent has already claimed the coach would love to return to Madrid and it now seems only a matter of time before he is appointed.