Rafa Benitez leaves job at Dalian Pro over Covid fears
Published: 04:00 PM, 24 January 2021
Former Real Madrid and Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has left his job at Chinese Super League club Dalian Pro due to fears over the ongoing impact of COVID.
The Spaniard left Newcastle United for Dalian in 2019 on a lucrative contract worth a reported £12m per year.
Benitez wrote on his personal website, “Unfortunately, like so many things in the last year, Covid-19 has changed our lives and our projects. From today, both my coaching staff and I will sadly no longer be coaching Dalian Professional FC."
“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.”
Dalian failed to qualify for the Super League last season while the club has been badly affected by the pandemic, placing at seventh in the group of eight.