Former Real Madrid and Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez steps down at Chinese Super League side Dalian
Rafael Benitez has confirmed on his official website that he is stepping down from his role in charge of Chinese Super League outfit Dalian. The Spaniard, who has managed the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Inter Milan in his career, was been in charge of the club since 2019, when he left Newcastle.
Dalian Pro coach Rafael Benitez (R) looks on during their Chinese Super League football match against Guangzhou R&F in Dalian, in China's northeast Liaoning province on August 16, 2020.
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"From today, both my coaching staff and I will sadly no longer be coaching the Dalian Professional F. C.
"It has been an incredible experience and for this I would like to thank all my staff, coaches, medical and club staff as well as our players; their commitment to us in the first place, their support during the time we were there, and their effort has been magnificent.
"The pandemic is still here, for all of us, and supporting our families has been a priority when making this decision."