Rafa Benitez urges Everton stars to get outside and swap gaming for gardening

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Everton boss Rafa Benitez wants his stars to go back to grassroots and swap gaming for gardening.

The green-fingered Spaniard has told his Premier League squad to take a leaf out of his own book and get outdoors.

The former Real Madrid boss is convinced it will reduce stress levels when it comes to preparing for tough fixture schedules. Rafa, 61, is keen to steer his millionaire players away from video and Xbox games.

An Everton club source said: “The boss is really into gardening.

“It gives him time to cast away everything and think quietly about what needs to be done.

“Many people believe that can be therapeutic and helps understand events which have gone well or badly, and how focus can be placed on the future.

“Players often seem to gravitate towards video games.

“And Rafa’s well aware many of the players love city centre living and have luxury apartments with no gardens.

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“But he and his staff have told them that nowhere is too far to go for a quiet walk, soaking in the fresh air and cleansing their systems away from pressures.”

Rafa is still bedding himself in at Goodison Park after a backlash from sections of supporters angry at his hiring.

He had managed their rivals Liverpool for six years until 2010.

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