Chinese Super League

Benítez confirms Dalian Yifang move after Newcastle exit

After leaving the Premier League side in a dispute with the club's owners, the former Real Madrid manager has confirmed a new venture with Dalian Yifang.

Rafael Benitez confirms Dalian Yifang move after Newcastle United exit

Former Newcastle United manager Rafa Benítez has confirmed his appointment as the new boss of Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang.

Benítez, 59, officially left the Magpies at the end of June after failing to agree a contract extension.

The former Liverpool, Inter and Real Madrid coach claimed the Premier League outfit did not share his "vision" and brought an end to a three-year stay on Tyneside.

Clubs in England and across Europe are said to have expressed interest in the Spaniard's services, but a lucrative switch to China emerged as his most likely destination.

Benítez to coin it in China

Benítez announced the move to Dalian in a post to social media and succeeds Choi Kang-hee after the former South Korea international stepped down citing personal reasons following a brief stint at the helm.

Dalian will reportedly pay the Champions League and LaLiga winner £12million per year.

He takes over with the club sitting 10th in the 16-team CSL, 22 points adrift of top spot.

The vastly experienced Benítez, who guided Newcastle back to the Premier League in his first full season in charge after he was unable to save them from the drop in the previous campaign, has never previously coached outside Europe.