Rafa Benitez's agent insists “he'll stay at Inter 100 per cent,” but Fabio Capello, Luciano Spalletti and Walter Zenga are on red alert after his ultimatum.
The Coach used his Press conference to demand four new signings in the January transfer window “or Inter can reach an agreement with my agent” to terminate the contract.
Winning the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi could well be the Spaniard's last game in charge of the Nerazzurri.
“Benitez will stay at Inter 100 per cent,” assured agent Emanuel Garcia Quilon on Radio Sportiva.
“I spoke to him last night, he said he is relaxed and is celebrating with his family.”
If there were reports of contact for a replacement before, then they have escalated wildly overnight.
England manager Capello remains the ideal candidate, but could have difficulty getting out of his deal with the FA.
Spalletti is more likely, as the Russian season is on a winter break and he is fresh from winning the League title with Zenit.
An already-available alternative is Inter legend Zenga, who is working with Saudi side Al-Nassr after spells on the benches of Catania and Palermo.
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