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Outgoing interim Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez is set to join Serie A runners-up Napoli on a two-year contract next week, according to the Daily Mirror.
Benitez, 53, took over as Chelsea's interim manager last November after the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo. He led the Blues to the Europa League title and third place in the English Premier League.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has reportedly confirmed the hiring, saying:
“I’ve given myself a gift for my 64th birthday. Benitez will be the next Napoli coach. I’ll make it official in the next few days as Benitez needs to end things with Chelsea. He’ll have a two-year contract, no longer."
According to the Mirror, Napoli want Benitez to bring striker Fernando Torres with him.
Benitez has also managed Liverpool and Inter Milan, winning the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005. He would replace Walter Mazzarri, who managed Napoli from 2009-13.