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Rafa Benitez has reassured Everton fans that he is ready to "fight" for the club despite backlash over his appointment as manager.
The Toffees confirmed Benitez as their new boss on Wednesday, sparking a furious reaction from a large section of their fanbase.
Having enjoyed great success in charge of Merseyside rivals Liverpool, it appears the Spaniard will not be given a warm welcome when he arrives at Goodison Park for the very first time.
However, Benitez insists he is eventually loved by every club he managers after "giving everything for them" – which he also intends to do for Everton.
"I have been in Madrid, Naples, Valencia, Tenerife, Extremadura and Liverpool," he told evertontv.
"Every single club I was there, I was fighting for them. If you analyse things in the context, what you are expecting from your manager is to fight for your club, and I will do that.
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"I am here, I will fight for my club, I will try to win every single game, and it doesn't matter who the opponents are, or the rivals. It is something you have to do, it is your nature, that you have to try to do your best.
"And it is why a lot of fans in a lot of these cities love me, because I was giving everything for them.
"If you analyse this in the context, then it is very clear I will do the same for Everton."
Benitez's appointment has also divided opinion in the Everton boardroom, according to The Mirror.
While owner Farhad Moshiri and principal investor Alisher Usmanov were behind it, director of football Marcel Brands is believed to have 'vigorously opposed' the controversial move.
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Brand was absent when Benitez first arrived at the club on Wednesday while said to be "isolating after a business trip."
But his name was missing from the original statement welcoming their new manager in mid afternoon, before a separate comment was released after 6pm.
- Everton FC
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