Jose Gonzalez confirmed as Rafael Benitez replacement at Dalian

The 54-year-old has extensive experience of working in China, having previously coached at Beijing Guoan and Wuhan Zall.

Rafael Benitez announces his departure from Dalian Pro   -  AP

Chinese Super League side Dalian Pro have confirmed Jose Gonzalez as their new coach, with the Spanish coach officially replacing Rafa Benitez just two days before the start of the 2021 season.

Former Real Madrid and Valencia boss Benitez announced his departure from Dalian in January due to difficulties caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Gonzalez takes over a Dalian side that finished in 12th place in the Chinese Super League last season.

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The 54-year-old has extensive experience of working in China, having previously coached at Beijing Guoan and Wuhan Zall.

Dalian's first game of the season will be on Thursday, when they take on Changchun Yatai in Suzhou, one of two biosecure bubbles being used for the opening rounds of the new campaign.