Former Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez will earn £12million in his new job

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Former Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez left Newcastle United this summer after failing to reach an agreement with the club over a contract extension.

Benitez, who led Chelsea to Europa League success in 2013, was reportedly linked with a job in the Chinese Super League after his exit from Newcastle United.

Benitez has now been appointed manager of Chinese side Dalian Yifang and he replaces Choi Kang-hee, who resigned on Monday “for personal reasons”.

The 59 year old Spaniard will earn £12million-a-year, double his Newcastle salary and triple the £4 million Frank Lampard will earn as Chelsea boss.

The move to Dalian sees him reunite with Marek Hamsik, who played under Benitez at Napoli between 2013 and 2015.

Benitez led Newcastle to a 13th place finish in the Premier League last season and had indicated he wanted to stay at the club.

“I wanted to stay, but I didn’t just want to sign an extended contract, I wanted to be part of a project,” Benitez said in a letter to Newcastle fans on Monday.

“I’m very sad about that, but I do not regret for one moment my decision to come to Tyneside and I’m very proud about what we achieved together.”

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