Moratti remains silent on Benitez

Inter President Massimo Moratti chose to maintain his silence over Rafa Benitez’s astonishing quit threat from last night. But the Nerazzurri patron did express his disappointment at the manner and timing of the comments from his Spanish Coach.
Benitez claimed in the press conference yesterday that he needed ‘one hundred percent backing from the club in the form of transfer commitments’. The ex-Liverpool Coach then followed it up by saying he was ready to consider quitting if his demands for new players weren’t met.
Coming in the aftermath of Inter’s triumph in the Club World Cup, Moratti was logically asked whether the Coach’s declarations had in any way soured the mood in the Nerazzurri camp on a day when they were crowned as world champions.
“No, not for now. They were a bit out of place, perhaps, but they haven’t spoiled anything for now: at the moment anyone who loves Inter is happy. The team and the players seemed geared up and well prepared. Then we won so everything is fantastic.”
Moratti was then asked whether his stance meant that Benitez had the backing of the Inter management, but the President decided to keep his cards to himself: “I’m not going to talk about Benitez now.”
Upon the team’s arrival at Malpensa airport, Marco Materazzi was asked his views on the affair and the defender replied he didn’t care much about what his Coach said. However, Moratti says that this wasn’t a sign of the veteran’s discontent with his manager.
“I think what he meant was that right now we’re all happy because of what Inter has achieved, so we’re all with the club. And it’s only natural that he should say something like that.”
Reports in Italy suggest that Benitez’s gambit is not very likely to pay off especially as he hasn’t had particularly spectacular results with Inter but Moratti is also unwilling to change the setup of the team midway through the season, so a compromise could be reached.

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