MANCHESTER UNITED have been forced to change their Marbella hotel due to fears over contracting coronavirus.
And the decision was taken because the club got wind that Rafa Benitez and the Chinese team he manages, Dalian Yifang, stayed there previously.
According to MailOnline, United were due to reside at the Westin La Quinta Golf Resort and Spa in Benahavis, Spain.
But they then discovered that Benitez and his squad had pitched up there days earlier – and this put them off.
The Premier League outfit will now stay at the five-star beachfront Kempinski in nearby Estepona.
It is not the first time United have been hit by coronavirus fears.
The Mirror is reporting that new signing Odion Ighalo has been banned from the club’s Carrington training ground after arriving on a loan deal from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.
He has been working on a personal fitness programme at a separate location in Manchester.
The club were concerned UK immigration could tighten border restrictions after the World Health Organisation upgraded the disease to a global emergency.
Border control is monitoring all persons who have arrived from China in the last 14 days.
United said that “it is simply a precautionary measure as the situation continues to be monitored”.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the club website: “Odion will stay in Manchester, because he arrived from China in the last 14 days.
“Because of the situation in China, we’re not sure if he’d be allowed back into England if he leaves the country again.
“So he’s staying here working with a personal coach, individual programme and his family then can settle in England as well. That’s a plus.
“Of course he might have liked to have come with the players and got to know them, but the risk [of potential border restrictions tightening], we don’t want to take that.”
IGHALO TRAINING PRIVATELY
The decision is a huge blow to Manchester United, who signed Ighalo with a view to him making an immediate impact.
It now means he will have very limited time to train alongside his new team-mates.
But the former Watford striker’s desire to get up to speed is not in doubt, with it emerging he’s been training with a taekwondo coach.
Coronavirus, which started in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has so far killed more than 700 people.
In spite of efforts to contain the virus, it has gone international.
There have been 28,368 cases confirmed so far.
Tens of thousands have contracted the virus across 28 countries, including three in the UK.