Rafa Benitez mocked by £11.5m signing following his big-money move to China

Rafa Benitez has been mocked by Ryan Babel following his £12m switch to the Chinese Super League – with the man he signed for Liverpool laughing claims he didn’t move for money.

The Spaniard admitted that the money was good in an interview with George Caulkin, but in his first press conference with Dalian Yifang he claimed ‘I’ve had bigger offers’ – insisting he was in China for much more than just money.

Ryan Babel – the man Benitez brought to Liverpool for £11.5m in 2007 – isn’t buying it, however, with him commenting with a ‘LOL’ in response to Rafa’s claims below:

This is a bit rich coming from a man who played in the Abu-Dhabi first-division just a few years ago.

I’ll be honest, a part of me once questioned Rafa’s move to China, but then I realised that we have absolutely no right to criticise a man who left a club showing absolutely ZERO ambition (despite his best efforts) to join one whose intentions are clearly the exact opposite. It’s as simple as that.

One thing this also proves is how laughable those reports were claiming Rafa Benitez wanted to bring the Dutchman to Newcastle should he have stayed at St James’ Park this summer.

Yes he signed him at Liverpool, being the man to give him his first shot in English football, but they parted ways on bad terms – not forgetting the fact Mike Ashley was never going to sign a man turning 33 later this year!

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

One thought on “Rafa Benitez mocked by £11.5m signing following his big-money move to China

  1. 18 month to sort out a new contract, loves the club, the door is open for a big money spending spree with new owners, yet he chose china.
    it does not add up, and while most are quick to point the finger at Ashley, Rafa’s story does not make any sense, its like he is hoping the blind hatred of ashley will have people just believing him anyway

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