MILAN - European champions Inter Milan are
poised to appoint former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez as coach
after the departure of Jose Mourinho for Real Madrid, Inter
president Massimo Moratti said on Tuesday.
"We have found an agreement, we have defined the last
details which were not important. Tomorrow we will say when
Rafael Benitez will be presented," Moratti told reporters on
"We just need a second signature and it is done," he said,
without giving further details.
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The Spaniard, who left Liverpool after six years on Thursday
following a disappointing campaign, will have the difficult task
of matching last season's stunning treble of Champions League,
Serie A and Italian Cup success under Mourinho.
Real appointed Mourinho as their new coach last month after
agreeing a compensation deal with Inter.
Inter have acted quickly to tie up Benitez, who won the
Champions League with Liverpool in 2005 and reached the final
two years later having previously also had success with
Moratti first targeted England boss Fabio Capello but when
the Italian decided to stay until Euro 2012, attention turned to
Benitez when he left Liverpool.
Benitez's departure from Anfield came as little surprise
after they finished seventh in the Premier League in the season
just ended, their lowest position since 1999.
Their failure to advance from the group stages of the
Champions League last season and their failure to even qualify
for the Champions League next season were ultimately two
failures too many for the Liverpool board to accept.
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