Rafa Benitez is enjoying his new job at Dalian Yifang, as the manager revealed he has already had more meetings with club officials in one week than he did in three years at Newcastle.
Following a failure to come to terms with Newcastle, Rafa Benitez left the club and from the looks of the things, he isn’t regretting one bit, his decision to leave the Magpies at the end of June when his contract expired.
It’s been just seven days at his new club Dalian Yifang, and Benitez believes he already feels more valued at the club, having been in close contact and regular dialogue with Dalian’s hierarchy, than he ever was with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley.
“Since the moment of our arrival we have really been touched by the kindness and respect that we have been shown,” He wrote in a blog post on his personal website.
“As we all know from experience, in football, just as in everyday life, when people show you respect and affection and do everything they can to make things easier for you, life is much happier, even when you face difficult moments.
“I must say that I have had more meetings with the chairman, the president and the general manager this week than I had in three years at Newcastle.
“They haven’t just been work meetings, rather signs of respect in which we have been able to appreciate the differences and similarities in our cultures.”
He continued: “We’ve hardly been in China for a week and I have seen and experienced so much for the first time, it could easily have already been a month.
“My coaching team and I have visited so many countries in the past and we’ve worked for years in Spain, Italy and England. But this experience is like no other.
“Before leading a training session or managing a match I have found some challenges that I haven’t experienced in the other countries where I have worked or visited.
“Most of the players and the people around you don’t understand anything you say and vice versa, so you need a translator by your side at all times, even to transmit the smallest correction in training.”
The former Real Madrid, Liverpool and Inter Milan manager, is enjoying his time at his new club, having got his reign off to a positive start with a 3-1 win over Henan Jianye on Sunday.