Premier League club Everton have announced the signing of former Liverpool manager, Rafa Benitez as their new manager.
According to the Toffees, Benitez was signed on a three-year deal ending in June 2024.
The much-travelled Spaniard comes in to replace Carlo Ancelotti who recently rejoined Real Madrid.
Guardian reports that Benitez was appointed after the club held talks with Nuno Espírito Santo who has been tipped to replace Jose Mourinho as the head coach of Tottenham.
“I am delighted to be joining Everton,” Benítez said. “Throughout this process, I have been greatly impressed by the ambition shown by the senior representatives at the club and their desire to bring success to this historic club.
“I believe this is a club that is going places. I’m determined to play a big part in helping this great club achieve its ambitions.”
Everton’s majority shareholder, Farhad Moshiri said: “Rafa impressed us greatly with his knowledge and experience but, above all, the passion and hunger he showed to join our club.
“We are appointing Rafa because we believe he will bring success to our club and to Evertonians. To put it simply: we need to be competing at the top end of the league and to be winning trophies. Rafa is a proven winner with huge experience in coaching internationally and we have secured the best man to achieve that for us.”
Benitez managed Everton’s rivals, Liverpool, from 2004 to 2010 and lifted the Champions League, FA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup during his time at Anfield.
He won the Europa League with Chelsea as interim boss in 2013 before he oversaw Newcastle’s relegation from the top-flight in 2016 and then returned to the Premier League in 2016/17 after they gained promotion from the Championship.