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Benitez appointed head coach of a Chinese Super League club

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Rafa Benitez has been unveiled as the new head coach of Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang .

The former Newcastle United and Liverpool boss will be replacing Choi Kang -hee at the helm .

Benitez , who left Premier League side Newcastle after failing to agree on a contract extension at the end of last month , takes over a team that is in 10 th in the CSL following a 3 – 1 win over fellow strugglers Beijing Renhe on Saturday.

Choi resigned on Monday for “ personal reasons ” , Chinese media reported , leaving Dalian free to appoint Benitez .
The Spaniard takes over a squad that features Marek Hamsik , who played under Benitez during his time at Italian side Napoli , as well as former Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco .

Benitez ’ s first game in charge of Dalian will be on Sunday when the club takes on Henan Jianye in the league .
( Reuters /NAN)

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