In this Sept. 14, 2015 file photo, Real Madrid’s head coach Rafael Benitez pauses during a press conference in Madrid, Spain. (AP Photo/Paul White, File)
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Sacked Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez has said it was an "honor and a privilege" to be given the chance to coach the Spanish giants as he wished luck to his successor Zinedine Zidane.Benitez was sacked on Monday night after just seven unhappy months in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu, leaving Madrid in third place in La Liga, four points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.A run of three league defeats in five games in November and December, including a 4-0 thrashing at home to Barcelona, wiped away the early credit Benitez had gained with an unbeaten 14-game run to start his reign.A Madrid native, Benitez had played for Real's second team and started his coaching career in the 1990s in charge of Castilla, where Zidane has also been learning the ropes.
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