The China is considering resumption of the super league after the country successfully battled the coronavirus with no new cases recorded.
The Chinese Super League has been in the cooler like other leagues across the globe due to the ravaging effect of the coronavirus.
Incidentally the dreaded virus emanated from Chinese City of Wuhan December last year and has held the world in bondage since then with many people dead and several dozens in isolation.
Rafa Benitez and his Dalian Yifang team have been flown out of Spain and back to China, a stark indication of the changing geographical focus of the coronavirus epidemic. The Chinese Super League is eyeing resumption late May.
Benitez and his squad, who returned to Dalian on Thursday, will have to complete 14 days of quarantine after the charter flight commissioned by the club got them out of Spain, now one of the worst affected countries and which is currently in lockdown. Benitez is said to be well and happy to be back.
Dalian will continue preparations for the new season as the club have built them a bespoke isolation unit at their new training ground.
Dalian were in pre-season training in Marbella in January when the coronavirus outbreak was first reported in China.
The team were ordered to stay in Spain for safety reasons and moved to Alicante and then Benidorm, where they have attempted to stay fit and prepare for a season that should have started in late January.
But given the worsening situation in Spain, it became imperative to get them out and back to China, which is now safer.
The first cases emerged in Wuhan in late December and the city was put on a hard lock down, along with other Chinese cities, on January 23rd, which suggests it might take around five months to being the return to something like normal life and resume some football.