Moratti quiet on Rafa exit talk

December 20, 2010

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has refused to answer questions on Monday amid speculation over Rafael Benitez's future.

Benitez issued a 'back me or sack me' ultimatum following the Nerazzurri's 3-0 win over TP Mazembe on Saturday.

It remains to be seen if his time is up but reports in Italy suggest Zenit St Petersburg boss Luciano Spalletti is the number one candidate to take over.

However, Moratti said on the club's official website: "I will not speak today. I do not wish to create any controversies with anyone."


Renzo Ulivieri, the head of the Italian Coaches' Association, believes Benitez is right in asking for backing from Inter Milan.

"Benitez has always been calm and civil," Ulivieri told La Repubblica.

"He has my support but he doesn't need it because he can stand on his own two feet, he is a world club champion.

"If he asks for respect it's because obviously he has been lacking it.

"He has only asked for normal things."