Benítez congratulates former club - but it's not Real Madrid
Ex-Real boss Rafa Benítez has published a letter on his official website lauding Extremadura UD after their promotion to Segunda División B.
Rafa Benítez has moved to salute former club Extremadura UD after they were promoted to Spain's third tier at the weekend - with no such gesture of goodwill from the ex-Real Madrid boss for Los Blancos, who won the Champions League on Saturday.
However, there was no message for Real, whose penalty shoot-out victory over Atlético Madrid saw them claim an unprecedented 11th European crown.
Benítez was unceremoniously sacked by Madrid in January amid talk of a fractious relationship with key dressing-room figures, with Cristiano Ronaldo admitting that the squad enjoy 'greater empathy' with the 56-year-old's replacement, Zinedine Zidane.
And as Real celebrated their Champions League success, captain Sergio Ramos also hinted at the players' improved rapport with Benítez's successor, declaring: "After 'Zizou' arrived we experienced a big change".
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