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Rafael Benitez closes on Inter Milan deal

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti is close to appointing former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez as the new coach of the Champions League winners, BBC reports. “There are no obstacles,” Moratti told the Italian news agency Ansa. “The agreement, more or less, is done.


Inter are looking for a new coach after Jose Mourinho, who also won a league and cup Double with the Serie A side last season, took over at Real Madrid. Last week, Benitez left Liverpool after six years at the helm at Anfield. The 50-year-old Benitez has a strong track record in European football, having won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005 and the Uefa Cup with Valencia in 2004. But he would have big shoes to fill at Inter, with Mourinho winning the league in both seasons he was at the club, not to mention securing the Champions League and Italian Cup last season. And before Mourinho’s spell at the club, Inter won three consecutive titles under Roberto Mancini. Benitez was strongly linked with a move to Inter’s rivals Juventus, but since his departure from Anfield he has become the subject of speculation suggesting a move to the San Siro is imminent. Even Javier Mascherano, one of his former players at Liverpool, has suggested that the Spaniard would be the ideal fit for Inter. Only Benitez could take the place of a coach like Mourinho,” said Mascherano. “He is a great coach. He has charisma, personality, a winning mentality. Moreover, he will find himself brilliantly in Italy because of the tactical game. Rafa studies everything on the table and directs the team from the bench like an orchestra conductor. After Mourinho, he is the only man capable of continuing Inter’s winning run.”

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