Rafael Benitez leaves Chinese language membership Dalian Professional, cites COVID-19 difficulties

Rafael Benitez leaves Chinese language membership Dalian Professional, cites COVID-19 difficulties

Rafel Benitez has left his position as Dalian Professional supervisor after two years in cost. Photograph by Visible China Group by way of Getty Photographs/Visible China Group by way of Getty Photographs

Rafael Benitez has left Chinese language Tremendous League aspect Dalian Professional, with the Spaniard saying on Saturday that the COVID-19 pandemic was a consider his choice.

The previous Liverpool and Actual Madrid head coach was employed on a profitable contract price a reported £12 million ($16 million) per 12 months after he left Newcastle United in 2019.

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“Sadly, like so many issues within the final 12 months, COVID-19 has modified our lives and our tasks. From in the present day, each my teaching employees and I’ll sadly now not be teaching Dalian,” Benitez mentioned in a press release.

“The pandemic continues to be right here, for all of us, and supporting our households has been a precedence when making this choice.”

Dalian didn’t qualify for the Tremendous League’s Championship stage final season, which was affected by the pandemic, ending seventh of their eight-team group. However they secured their prime flight standing within the relegation playoffs.

Benitez mentioned he hoped he had left behind a imaginative and prescient for the membership to construct on.

“I am satisfied now we have left a construction and a technique that can permit the venture to go forward efficiently,” the 60-year-old added.

“The primary team has been rejuvenated and the foundations have been laid for the long run, from the grassroots faculties to the highest.”

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