Benitez said: ‘I am delighted to be joining Everton. Throughout this process I have been greatly impressed by the ambition shown by the senior representatives at the Club and their desire to bring success to this historic Club.
‘I believe this is a Club that is going places. I’m determined to play a big part in helping this great Club achieve its ambitions.’
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright said: ‘Rafa Benitez is joining Everton Football Club at an exciting time. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish him well in achieving success for our football club – success our supporters long for and deserve.’