The Spaniard is out of contract at St James’ Park at the end of this month and could move to the Far East
Rafael Benitez is ‘considering’ quitting Newcastle United to manage in the Chinese Super League, according to reports.
The Spaniard has reportedly been offered £12m-a-year to manage Dalian Yifang in the Far East.
And Sky Sports are now reporting that Benitez is taking their proposal seriously.
The 59-year-old is out of contract at the end of June and has been linked with a return to Chelsea to succeed Juventus-bound Maurizio Sarri.
Magpies owner Mike Ashley has offered Benitez a deal to ward off interest from the Blues, but a deal looks less and less likely of being completed.
As a result, the former Liverpool manager is expected to leave the North-East after three years in charge. And it now seems as though China will be his next destination.
Although Newcastle were relegated when Benitez first took charge, he lead them to automatic promotion in his first attempt, before 10th and 13th placed finishes in the Premier League.
Dalian have won only three of their 13 league games so far this season under South Korean coach Choi Kang-hee.