Soon after leaving Newcastle United, Rafael Benitez has signed for Chinese Super League side, Dalian Yigang.
Rafael Benitez hasn’t had to wait for long to find a new job soon after leaving Newcastle United. The Spaniard left the Magpies after seeing the club’s owner Mike Ashley remain as miserly as he ever was. The former Liverpool manager also said that him and the club’s hierarchy didn’t share a common goal which led to his departure.
And now, Rafael Benitez has been snapped up by Dalian Yifang who would be him 14 million Euros per year.
The coach confirmed the news through his personal Twitter account where he claimed that he is happy with the project the Chinese club offered him.
‘After a long path… we start a new challenge! I’m happy to begin this project with Dalian Yifang,’ wrote the former Liverpool boss.
— Rafa Benitez Web (@rafabenitezweb) July 2, 2019
While he left the club under a cloud, fans hold no grudges against Rafael Benitez. They know that the club is being run under very strange circumstances and that the reason behind this is Mike Ashley.
Following his departure, Rafael Benitez had also issued a personal statement where he thanked the club’s fans and spoke about things that made it difficult for him to stay.
‘It was a big problem,’ Benitez said. ‘In terms of my decision, I was waiting and I was asking for clarity and, like the fans, we didn’t know.
‘Eventually, you have to decide. I could not continue in the same way, because I couldn’t see how to progress. It had to be clear to me — who was the owner, what would they do — and it wasn’t clear at any time.
‘When I came to Newcastle, they gave me the plans for the new training ground, I was talking to the architect about changing a few things,’ he continued. ‘And after three years… they painted the walls.
‘If you want to attract players, it’s about the facilities, the contract, the city, the way you treat them, the way you treat the agents.
‘If you want to keep them happy, you keep improving. If you want to have a good atmosphere, a real bond, you have to give players the right facilities for when they hang around together. We had that at a lot of clubs. It’s just the way,’ he added.