Benitez denies he has been sacked

Rafa Benitez has told Spanish radio station Onda Cero that he is still very much the Coach of Inter Milan and that reports today’s papers suggesting he has been sacked are completely untrue.
La Gazzetta Dello Sport ran with a headline stating ‘Benitez Out’ implying the Spaniard had been fired but the ex-Liverpool man says that he was amazed by the media reaction and still retains the belief of club owner Massimo Moratti.
“I have not been sacked. I am quite surprised by some of the headlines I read in the papers. In fact, many people called me to ask whether I was sacked, but it is not true.”
Benitez’s position came under doubt after he issued an ultimatum to the club to back him completely and sign news players in January following Inter’s victory in the Club World Cup.
Moratti hasn’t yet commented on the Coach’s future but he did state that he felt that Benitez’s comments were ill-timed. He admitted that a decision on the transfer market was yet to be made.
“He must make a decision on the line we want to follow”, said Benitez. “I am on a vacation to rest. I am not the master of my future, but as long as I’m here we will work with a desire to win.”
The Inter Coach also clarified that his outburst where he stated that the club had promised him ‘three new arrivals that had never arrived’ was not at Moratti but at Inter’s transfer policy.
“The President had already left Abu Dhabi, and the only option was to say something publicly. I didn’t intend to corner the President. We’ve spoken before and he admittedly liked my project and noticed that I was from England and I am a manager.”
Benitez asked Inter to sign three or four new players and cover for Walter Samuel who is injured for the rest of the season or they could continue the way they are at the risk of failing.
“My plan was to add a few more players useful for us, younger players for the future and in a couple of yeas reduce the mountain of salaries we pay currently. People told me that this was the best football they had seen Inter play for 20 years.”
“We are like the Barcelona of Italy. But to continue to win and do well, you need to make important purchases. The injuries have affected us, and we don’t want this to happen again. As the market will start soon, this was the right time to speak openly about buying.”

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