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Rafa Benitez is the new Chelsea manager

The former Liverpool chief has penned a short-term contract with the Stamford Bridge outfit.

Rafael Benitez: 18-month deal.
Rafael Benitez: 18-month deal.
Image: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

FORMER LIVERPOOL BOSS Rafa Benitez has tonight been confirmed as the new Chelsea manager.

The Spaniard takes over from Roberto di Matteo who was sacked today.

Benitez — who led the Reds to a famous Champions League success in 2005 — has penned a short-term contract with the Stamford Bridge outfit.

“Chelsea Football Club can confirm Rafael Benitez has been appointed interim first-team manager until the end of the season,” a statement on the club’s website reads.

“The owner and the Board believe that in Benitez we have a manager with significant experience at the highest level of football, who can come in and immediately help deliver our objectives. The 52-year-old Spaniard is due to meet the players at the training ground in Cobham tomorrow.”

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