Moratti could consider legal proceedings against Benitez

Inter President Massimo Moratti could initiate legal proceedings against Coach Rafa Benitez in an effort to part ways with the Spaniard without the necessity to pay him compensation, reports Corriere Dello Sport.
Rafa’s future on the Inter bench has yet to be confirmed by the club after he issued a ‘back me or sack me’ ultimatum following Inter’s victory in the Club World Cup.
Moratti is reportedly not impressed in the slightest by Benitez’s comments or his demands for three or four new players at the club. Now, Inter seem to be seeking a way to avoid paying severance charges if they are to fire Benitez.
It was revealed today that if the Nerazzurri are to get rid of their Coach, who has signed a contract till the end of the 2012 season, it will cost them up to €8 million – a figure that Moratti is unwilling to pay.
Inter officials are going through footage of Rafa’s press conferences in an attempt to prove that his statements were detrimental to the club’s image.
In such a scenario, they would not be forced to pay any excessive amount as compensation. When Inter had fired Roberto Mancini in 2008, they ended up paying their former Coach for over a year despite not availing his services.
This is a scenario that Moratti is keen not to repeat. The Inter President is in Spain on official business and he is expected to sit with the directors upon his arrival in Italy tomorrow to take a final decision on the matter.
Inter’s options to replace Rafa are currently limited, with ex-Roma Coach Luciano Spalletti being one of the favourites to take over. Leonardo and Walter Zenga have also been mooted as possibilities.

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