Benitez has been heavily linked with the manager’s job at Real Madrid??after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked on Monday following two seasons in charge??at the Bernabeu.
Benitez said: “It’s always sad to leave a place where people treat you well.”
The Spaniard claimed being away from his family for two years was a key factor and that he made the decision together with his wife a few weeks ago. ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??
He added: “It was clear that my (time) here was finished and that I needed to look for something else for the future.”
The former Liverpool manager was out of contract with Napoli in the summer and leaves??the club despite winning the Italian Super Cup with Napoli last month.
The Spaniard, who has also been linked with a return to manage in England, was a??former youth team coach at Madrid and??has previously??won two La Liga titles and the UEFA Cup while in charge of Valencia.
Real president Florentino Perez sacked Ancelotti??on Monday following a trophyless season at the Bernabeu that saw the club knocked out of the Champions League by Juventus in the semi-finals, and finish second to Barcelona in La Liga.