Champions League winner Rafael Benitez and former Barcelona star Paulinho have arrived back in China after being locked out by coronavirus, but now face 14 days’ quarantine and an indefinite wait for the season to begin.

Dalian Yifang coach Rafa Benitez says he’d be open to returning to the Premier League.

Benitez left Newcastle United last summer to take the job in the Chinese Premier League.

He told the Guardian: “My wife says I have to relax a bit, but I like to be on the field, preparing my tactics, competing.


“Of course I can see myself again in the Premier League and soon.

“In the meantime, I will continue to watch the Premier League matches. We have arguments based on the team we support. The pandemic has changed a lot but it has not changed our passion for the game.”

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