Super Eagles playmaker Alex Iwobi will play under a new manager at Goodison Park next season after Everton confirmed their new boss on Wednesday afternoon.
Football411 can confirm that Everton have appointed former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez as the man to replace former boss Carlo Ancelotti.
Everton Football Club can confirm the appointment of Rafael Benitez as the Club’s new manager,”the club said in a statement on their website.
The Spaniard has since put pen to paper on a three-year deal that will see him manage Iwobi and the Toffees until the summer of 2024.
According to the club’s Majority Shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, the decision to appoint Benitez was because of his impressive passion and hunger to join the club.
Rafa impressed us greatly with his knowledge and experience but, above all, the passion and hunger he showed to join our ClubMoshiri said.
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 trophieshe added.
On his move to the blue side of Merseyside, the former Liverpool manager is delighted and determined to play a key role in the club’s ambitious dreams.
I am delighted to be joining Everton. 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.Benitez said.
“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,” Rafa concluded.
Rafa is expected to start work with Iwobi and his teammates when they return to the club for pre-season training from 5 July.
He has managed several clubs in his career, including PL sides Liverpool and Newcastle United, winning seven major honours including La Liga titles, the Coppa Italia, the FA Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League during managerial spells in Spain, England and Italy.