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Benitez brings ambition to Dalian

Reuters, TOKYO

The on-field struggles have continued, with reports of ructions behind the scenes involving Belgian Carrasco, who Choi publicly vilified just days before standing down amid growing speculation over the arrival of Benitez.

Now the former Liverpool manager will have to decide either to soothe Carrasco’s concerns or ship him out, with Arsenal among the destinations suggested.

He will also need to bring the best out of recent signing Marek Hasmik, a player he knows well from their time together at Napoli, even if Benitez does not want to be overly dependent on foreign players.

“One of the most important things will be to improve the Chinese players, because I think they are the key,” Benitez said. “So we have in mind to sign the right foreign players and they have to bring us quality and experience, and one of the main things will be to improve the Chinese players.”

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