Benitez backed by Inter president

BY foxsports • November 18, 2010

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has "full confidence" in Rafael Benitez amid reports the coach could be on his way out of the San Siro.

The European and Italian champions have managed only one win in five Serie A games and Sunday's 1-0 defeat to AC Milan left Inter six points behind their league-leading city rivals in the standings.

Moratti has however denied reports that he is considering a coaching change, telling Gazzetta dello Sport: "This is an invention and I've read it in the newspapers.

"We have chosen this project and it will go forward. I have full confidence in Benitez.

"That, however, does not mean that I can't be disappointed after Sunday's game, but this does not change the club thinks in any way."

Benitez replaced Jose Mourinho in the summer after the mercurial Portuguese led Inter to a treble of Champions League, Coppa Italia and Serie A prior to joining Real Madrid.

Inter face Chievo in Serie A this weekend looking to end a three-match winless run.

Zenit St Petersburg coach Luciano Spalletti has been touted by the Italian media as a potential successor to Benitez but the 51-year-old has distanced himself from the speculation.

"I have never been contacted by Inter," said Spalletti, who guided Zenit to the Russian league title at the weekend.

"I am under contract at Zenit. I will continue to be the coach of Zenit unless I am dismissed or a situation arises."

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