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Inter boss Benitez issues ultimatum

December 18, 2010
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Inter Milan manager Rafael Benitez has essentially issued an ultimatum after they won the Club World Cup on Saturday, telling the club to support him, or terminate his contract.

Rafael Benitez takes a back seat as the Inter squad celebrates.
AFPRafael Benitez takes a back seat as the Inter squad celebrates.

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Benitez has been the subject of criticism in recent weeks for Inter's slow start in Serie A and was told by club owner Massimo Moratti that he had to win the Club World Cup title in Abu Dhabi.

Now, after he made good on that requirement, beating African side TP Mazembe 3-0 in the final, he has told Moratti and others at the club to show him support if he wants to see more trophies at the club.

"There are three possibilities (for the club)," he told reporters. "One, 100% support for the coach and buy four or five players - to build a stronger team with competition among the players to be able to carry on winning matches and trophies.

"Two, carry on like this without a project, without planning and go ahead with one person to blame, for the whole season getting to May this way.

"The third is to speak to my agent, reach an agreement if there is not this support. Simple."