Napoli defender Albiol: I wanted to work with Benitez again

Former Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol is happy with his move to Napoli. Albiol admits he couldn't turn down the chance to work with coach Rafa Benitez again.

Former Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol is happy with his move to Napoli.

Albiol admits he couldn't turn down the chance to work with coach Rafa Benitez again.

"I wanted to leave Madrid so that I could play more regularly,” the centre-back told FIFA.com. “Napoli were interested and, on top of that, Rafa Benitez was there!

“He gave me my debut at Valencia when I was 18, so when Napoli called me, I thought it was the ideal moment.

“I had the trust of the Coach and I hoped to repay that with hard work. I’m happy with the decision I took.

“Italian football has always interested me, it attracted me, and even though the level has perhaps dropped a little over the last few years, it remains a very attractive championship.

“Here the teams usually play with three central defenders and two strikers, something that rarely happens in Spain and the games are tighter, but I am adapting well.”

 
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