Rafael Benitez agrees to become manager of Dalian Yifang in China

Rafael Benitez
Image: Rafael Benitez is set to manage in the Chinese Super League

Rafael Benitez has agreed to become the new manager of Chinese club Dalian Yifang, Sky Sports News understands.

The Spaniard could be introduced as the club's new boss on Tuesday, following the resignation of South Choi Kang Hee.

Benitez's Newcastle contract ended only yesterday and he is set to more than double the £6m salary he earned at St James' Park.

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Former Newcastle striker Andy Cole believes Rafael Benitez exceeded expectations during his time at the club

Benitez penned an open letter to Newcastle's fans on Monday, saying: "From winning the Championship, to our two seasons in the Premier League, fans, staff and players have all been United.

"I wanted to stay, but I didn't just wait to sign an extended contract, I wanted to be part of a project. Unfortunately, it became increasingly clear to me that those at the top of the club did not share the same vision."

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