Rafael Benitez said he “admires” Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling at the news conference to confirm his appointment as Real Madrid manager.
The ex-Liverpool manager has ended a two-year stint with Napoli, signing a three-year contract at the Bernabeu with the promise of “quality football” which “wins trophies”.
When asked about 20-year-old England international Sterling, Benitez said: “We admire Raheem, that’s no secret – but he is not one of our players so I can’t really comment on him.”
Sterling, who rejected a new £100,000-a-week contract in April, wants to leave Anfield and has also been linked with a move to Manchester City.
The 55-year-old, who replaces La Decima-wining coach Carlo Ancelotti, was described as “a methodical tactician, tireless worker and footballing scholar” on the official Real website.
The article added: “Benitez is one of the greatest coaches on the global stage.”
Real president Florentino Perez added that Benitez is “a man who breathes football, professionalism and the very ethos of our club”.
Culled from BBC
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