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Published: 09:59 | 6/1/16

Benitez not bitter over exit

Rafa Benitez insists he is not bitter despite being fired by Real Madrid after just seven months in charge and has wished his successor good luck

Benitez won 16 out of 25 games during his spell in the Bernabeu hotseat before being replaced by Zinedine Zidane on Monday.

However, the former Valencia, Liverpool, Chelsea and Napoli boss showed no bitterness as he wished the former French international well for the future.

"I would like to wish good luck to Zinedine Zidane, my successor, and his staff," he wrote on his personal website, rafabenitez.com.

"To all the players, coaches and staff in both Valdebebas and Bernabeu, I wish all the best and also good luck.

"Now, at the end of my time as first-team coach of Real Madrid, I would like to use this article to say goodbye to everyone at every level of the club.

"I want everyone at the club from the board of directors, executives, workers and all of the fans, (to) know that it has been an honour and privilege to be in charge at this club, where I grew up as a person, player and coach from the lowest categories through to the first team.

"As a madridista from Madrid, steeped in the traditions and values of this institution, which I learned in the old sports city of Castellana, it has been an honour to work for these colours.

"I would especially like to thank everyone at the new sports city and the Santiago Bernabeu who, since my first steps through the door, have supported me and made my work easier. Thanks to all for helping.

"With all my respect and thanks... HALA MADRID and NOTHING ELSE."

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