Rafael Benitez cautious of the problem at Chinese aspect Dalian Yifang, eyes revamp of youth expertise system


Shanghai: Rafael Benitez admits he faces a stiff problem in China however hopes to “create something great” at Dalian Yifang, the place he can depend on the deep pockets of the membership’s proprietor, big Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group.

In separate feedback posted on each his personal and the membership’s web sites, the 2005 Champions League winner with Liverpool mentioned he had been approached on earlier events a couple of transfer to China however that nothing lined up fairly like Dalian’s supply.

File picture Rafael Benitez. AFP

“This club has all the components that we were looking for to start a new chapter with the maximum motivation,” Benitez, who parted methods with Newcastle United final week, mentioned on his residence web page.

The 59-year-old Spaniard singled out Wanda chairman Wang Jianlin, China’s fourth-richest particular person in response to Forbes journal, as a person “keen to grow this club… with all the necessary resources.”

Benitez, who was introduced as Dalian’s new supervisor on Tuesday, mentioned his instant focus was to construct on the on-pitch successes of a workforce that was promoted again to the Chinese Super League (CSL) this 12 months after being relegated in 2014 and has climbed to mid-table on the season’s half-way level.

But he additionally intends to play the lengthy recreation by solidifying the membership’s foundations with a revamp of its youth expertise system. “We know it won’t be simple as there are some big rivals, but we are confident that there is huge potential and great commitment from the directors of the club to create something great at this club,” Benitez mentioned.

In feedback on the workforce’s web site, he mentioned the transfer “is indeed a challenge for me.” The membership — positioned within the metropolis of Dalian in northeastern China — has by no means received a CSL title and its 2014 relegation prompted a participant exodus and questions on its future.

But Wanda Group, one among China’s largest firms, took over it final 12 months, resulting in the signings of Argentine worldwide Nicolas Gaitan and Slovakia’s Marek Hamsik. Benitez has already joined workforce coaching and makes his debut on Sunday towards Henan Jianye. The two golf equipment share 10th place within the 16-team prime tier.

The Spaniard — who has managed a number of the world’s largest golf equipment together with Liverpool, Inter Milan, Chelsea, and Real Madrid — exchanges one northeastern industrial metropolis for one more.

He grew to become a vastly well-liked determine at Newcastle after main the membership to promotion in his first full season and stabilising the workforce within the Premier League over the previous two years. But he failed to achieve an settlement with Newcastle’s homeowners on a contract extension.

Benitez is the newest big-name overseas supervisor to attempt his luck within the CSL, following Brazil’s World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and Italian star Fabio Cannavaro, who stays in cost at CSL powerhouse Guangzhou Evergrande.

The phrases of Benitez’s contract haven’t been introduced, however unconfirmed experiences have mentioned he was supplied 12 million kilos ($15 million) per 12 months.

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