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Rafa Benitez criticized for moving to China

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Former Crystal Palace owner, Simon Jordan says that Rafa Benitez has joined Dalian Yifang only for the money and said he could have used Newcastle United.

According the Eagles’ former owner, Rafa Benitez would have used Newcastle to his advantage and that going to China clearly shows that the Spaniard chose money.

After doing everything he could to make Newcastle United a competitive outfit, Rafa Benitez eventually left. Upon his departure, the former Liverpool boss cited difference of vision between him and Mike Ashley.

The Magpies are in serious trouble after not being able to do anything in the transfer market. Many people feel for Rafa Benitez and claim that the Spaniard was put in a position that he shouldn’t have been in to begin with.

However, Simon Jordan says that Benitez is only looking at his own interests which is why he signed for Chinese outfit Dalian Yifang.

While speaking to talkSPORT, Jordan said that he wanted to call Benitez out for what he really is.

The former Crystal Palace owner said: “I’m not saying I wasn’t impressed by Rafa Benitez, I think he’s done a decent job.

“But I want to call him out for what he is, rather that what people’s illusion of him is…

“I think he’s an ambitious football manager, who is centred on one thing – himself.

“I’m of the mentality that Benitez would have used Newcastle for a stepping stone if a better opportunity in the Premier league came around. He would have gone and not looked back.

“The only reason he’s gone to China is for the money.

“Football may be all about that, and I might be slightly idealistic in my aspiration for it not to be.

“But with Benitez, he’s taken a swipe at Mike Ashley on the way out and I suspect the reason why he’s gone is he can’t get exactly what he wants, when he wants it.

“Well, I’ve got a news flash for football managers and football people – in the real world, where most of us have to exist, we can’t get exactly what we want, when we want!”