Published: Wed, July 03, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Rafael Benitez unveiled as Dalian Yifang manager

Rafael Benitez unveiled as Dalian Yifang manager

Benitez, who left Premier League side Newcastle after failing to agree on a contract extension at the end of last month, takes over a team that is in 10th in the CSL following a 3-1 win over fellow strugglers Beijing Renhe on Saturday.

"After a long path..."

Neither message confirms Benitez's job title, although his announcement comes just a day after manager Choi Kang-hee resigned from his post.

Rafa Benitez has been confirmed as Dalian Yifang manager, after leaving Newcastle.

"This club has all the components that we were looking for to start a new chapter with the maximum motivation", Benitez, who parted ways with Newcastle United last week, said on his home page. "I´m happy to begin this new project with Dalian Yifang", the former Chelsea and Liverpool boss tweeted.

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The Champions League-winning former Liverpool manager has signed a two-year deal with the Blue Hawks, who now sit tenth of 16 teams in the Chinese top flight at the midway point.

Newcastle finished 13th in the 2018/19 Premier League.

Benitez will earn 12 million euros per year in the Chinese club.

Benitez insisted from the off that that was his preferred choice and the club was keen to retain his services, but ultimately, they differed on their ambitions for the future and owner Mike Ashley finally pulled the plug.

The 59-year-old Spaniard singled out Wanda chairman Wang Jianlin, China's fourth-richest person according to Forbes magazine, as a man "keen to grow this club... with all the necessary resources".

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