Rafa Benitez is next for Inter-Millan

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has
confirmed that former Liverpool boss
Rafael Benitez
is the number one choice to replace
Jose
Mourinho
as manager of the reigning European champions.

Rafael Benitez has long been linked with a move to
Italy

Benitez ended his six-year tenure at Anfield by
mutual consent on Thursday and he has been heavily touted as the
favourite for the vacant
Nerazzurri hotseat, left empty after
Mourinho’s departure to Real Madrid last month.

And Moratti has
now revealed that he will open talks with Benitez – who had previously
been linked with the Juventus manager’s job while he was still at
Liverpool – over the next few days, though the Italian media have
suggested that a deal may be completed as early as Monday.

"I can
only speak well of him because he is very good,” Moratti said in an
interview to
Corriere dello Sport. "Yes, that is the direction
and in the next few days we will see, we will decide.

"It’s also
important that he has always done well in Europe, to continue to get joy
from the Champions League is our aim.”

Benitez has big boots to
fill at the San Siro after Mourinho steered Inter to a treble of
Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia triumphs before leaving for
the Bernabeu.

But the former Valencia boss has enjoyed success in
Europe, notably in 2005 when he steered Liverpool to the Champions
League trophy with a memorable victory over Inter’s bitter rivals AC
Milan.

And Benitez is also the coach who has inflicted the most
number of defeats on Mourinho, a fact of which Moratti is well aware.

"I
know, I know. He beat him five times, right? It is a sign that he is
prepared, that he works well and that he doesn’t make mistakes in
important games," Moratti said.

Reports suggest Inter director
Marco Branca is on his way to Sardinia to meet with Benitez who is
currently on holiday on the Italian island. 

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