Real Madrid have just appointed the 51-year-old Spanish National manager Julen Lopetegui as their new head coach to replace the departed Zinedine Zidane.
Lopetegui is on a three-year deal after the surprise resignation of Zidane just days after beating Liverpool in the Champions League final.
The former French star midfielder took over at Real from Rafa Benitez in January 2016 and won three Champions League titles in two and a half years at the helm.
Lopetegui will start his duties after the World Cup finishes – it starts tomorrow.
Rafa Benitez – under serious consideration for vacant Spain job
The Express are reporting today that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is under serious consideration for the Spain job.
As we know, Rafa has one year left on his Newcastle contract and at some point in his career, he has said he would like to manage the Spanish National team.
But hopefully that’s not yet, and he will stay at Newcastle.
But the uncertainty surrounding his new contract at Newcastle and the delay in him signing it doesn’t help things.
He has been outstanding at Newcastle in the time he’s been at the club.
Rafa has shown with few resources available how he can get the very best out of his players.
Rafa got Newcastle promoted in first place last year in the Championship and got Newcastle up to 10th place in the Premier League last season.
And now he’s asking Mike Ashley for his full support regarding transfer funds and improving the facilities at the club to make Newcastle into a top club in Europe.
Rafa has rekindled his career on Tyneside after being fired from his hometown club Real Madrid after only six months at the helm when Real were only a couple of points behind Barcelona in La Liga.
We don’t think Rafa will want the Spanish job – but you never know.
What do you think?