Friday June 21 2013
Benitez unveiled as Napoli boss

Rafa Benitez has insisted he is 'very happy' to have been handed the Napoli job and wants the team to 'continue to grow'.

The Spanish tactician was brought in to replace Walter Mazzarri last month, but at his official unveiling today the former Inter man has made his intentions for the upcoming season clear.

“We want to build a stronger team here,” he told a Press conference. “And we want to do well in all three competitions.

“For me, all the players are important. [Marek] Hamsik is important, as is [Lorenzo] Insigne. I think the Slovakian can make the difference.

“I have spoken with Cavani, we have text each other. But I have not talked about his future. We remain hopeful [that he will stay].

“Serie A, as well as other Leagues, have to deal with financial fair play, but Napoli are respecting the parameters and are doing well as a result.

“Italian football is a good place – the national team shows how well the championship is doing.”

Benitez was then quizzed on whether he could have joined Real Madrid this summer.

“I am very happy to be here – this is a team, and a city, with a big passion," he added.

“I could have gone to Real Madrid when I was at Liverpool, but I gave my word to Liverpool.

“There's not much to explain really.

“You go where you are wanted, and that is what happened here.

“Feeling well-liked is certainly a big plus.

“I will give everything to this team and this club.

“The President told me from day one that we have to do well on all fronts, but the important thing is to grow as a team.

“We are ambitious, but we know we can build something even stronger. Hopefully with my contribution we can do that.

“We just want to build a squad that can not only do well this year, but also in the future.

“And to do that we have to all work together, and at 100 per cent.”

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