Rafa Benitez announcement imminent as former Newcastle United boss set for China move

Rafa Benitez is set to be announced as the manager of Dalian Yifang – less than 48 hours after his Newcastle United exit.

By Liam Kennedy
Monday, 01 July, 2019, 16:57

The Spaniard, whose United deal ended on Sunday, is expected to be unveiled as the Chinese outfit’s new boss at 7am (2pm local time), according to various reports in the Far East media.

Dalian Yifang are backed by the Wang Jianlin's Wanda Group and parted company with their current coach, Choi Kang-hee, today.

And it is widely expected Benitez will take over in a lucrative deal, worth a reported £12million-per-year, after tax.

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This morning, the former Liverpool and Real Madrid released a statement, thanking Newcastle United’s fans and staff, following the expiration of his three-year contract.

It read: “Thank you for three fantastic, exciting and, at times, challenging years. Your support, your affection and your passion has been unbelievable. I have always felt I belonged – thank you for making me feel at home.”

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United celebrates with the Championship trophy after the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Barnsley at St James' Park on May 7, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Newcastle United are crowned champions after a 3-0 victory. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)