Player Valuation: £70m
Everton have appointed Rafael Benítez as their manager on a three-year contract. The Spaniard, who has been out of work since leaving Chinese side Dalian Yifang in January, succeeds Carlo Ancelotti, who left the club on 1st June. The 61-year-old returns to the Premier League two years after...www.grandoldteam.com
Addressing comments about Everton made in 2007 when in charge of the Anfield club, Benitez explained: “I have been in Madrid, Naples, Valencia, Tenerife, Extremadura and Liverpool.
“Every single club I was there, I was fighting for them. If you analyse things in the context, what you are expecting from your manager is to fight for your club, and I will do that.
“I am here, I will fight for my club, I will try to win every single game, and it doesn’t matter who the opponents are, or the rivals. It is something you have to do, it is your nature, that you have to try to do your best.
“And why a lot of fans in a lot of these cities love me is because I was giving everything for them. If you analyse this in the context, then it is very clear I will do the same for Everton.”
Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright added: “Rafael Benitez is joining Everton Football Club at an exciting time. On behalf of the Board of Directors I wish him well in achieving success for our football club - success our supporters long for and deserve.”
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