Former Player On Rafa – I Thank Him – He’s A Great Coach


Napoli striker/winger Jose Callejon turns 30 tomorrow and he has been interviewed Spanish newspaper AS before  Napoli’s Champions League match against Real Madrid  next Wednesday night.

Callejon joined Napoli from Real Madrid in  2013 when Rafa had just been appointed manager of the Italian club and he has talked about why he left Real Madrid.

It turns out Jose Callejon still talks with Rafa and he is delighted the former Liverpool manager is having success on Tyneside with Newcastle.

We have won 20 of our 29 Championship games so far this season.

Jose Callejon – 29 year-old Napoli winger/striker

Jose Callejon has been interviewed in the Spanish newspaper AS and the Spanish International has talked about why he left Real Madrid for Napoli:

“I was very happy at Real Madrid, but I felt that I had to take a step forward in my career.”

“Rafa Benítez called me and told me things were going to be good at Napoli – I didn’t hesitate for a second.”

“‘Rafa said “this guy is going to score 20 goals” and he was right!’”  “It put pressure on me that did, but it worked!”

“I was very happy with Rafa Benitez, he taught me a lot, we won two trophies and I got my first call-up to Spain.”

“I can only thank him.”

“To manage Real Madrid is very difficult and these things can happen (Rafa was fired after six months) – but he is still a great coach.”

“I’m really glad things are going well in England for him, he deserves it.”

Jose has scored 8 goals in 20 appearances for Napoli this season and it should be a good game at the Bernabeu next Wednesday night in the round of the last 16.

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