The Spaniard joined the Chinese Super League club on a £12million-a-year deal following the Magpies’ failure to agree a new contract with him
Rafa Benitez insists he has found an ‘incredible project’ at Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang.
The Spaniard ended his three-year spell at Newcastle, having been unable to reach an agreement over a new contract.
The former Liverpool boss signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Dalian Yifang on Tuesday and will earn a £12million annual salary.
Benitez said: “This club has all the components that we were looking for to start a new chapter with the maximum motivation.
“Among the directors of the club I have found people who value my track record, such as the chairman of the Wanda Group, Mr. Wang, who is keen to grow this club as much as possible, develop a tremendous project and support this growth with all the necessary resources.
“We share the same ambition of developing a great project here and leave a legacy in Dalian.”
In a statement released on social media on Monday, Benitez claimed Newcastle chiefs failed to share the same vision as him.
And the 59-year-old played down claims suggesting he has moved to China for a big pay day.
Benitez added: “I have had offers of greater financial significance during my career, but they weren’t the project I was looking for.
“What I have found at Dalian is an incredible project that has arrived at the perfect time and this has been a major factor in my decision.
“We’ve accepted the challenge of leading a superb project with the full backing and confidence of the club’s leadership team.”