Benitez tells Inter Milan to back him or sack him

Rafa Benitez has issued an ultimatum to his employers at Inter Milan to back him or sack him just hours after guiding the Italian team to victory in the Club World Cup final in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

‘There are three possibilities for the club,’ Benitez said after the game. ‘One, 100 per cent 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 and reach an agreement if there is not this support. Simple.’

The former Liverpool manager has been under increasing pressure due to Inter’s abysmal league form: the Nerazzurri currently lie 13 points adrift of Serie A leaders and close rivals AC Milan.

Benitez continued blaming the team’s current problems on club chairman Massimo Moratti's unwillingness to buy new players: ‘I deserve respect. I've shouldered all the blows and all the responsibilities but in August the club promised me three players but no one arrived.’

‘Last year Moratti spent €80m [£67m] on five players, all [Mourinho's] first choice, but this year with a new coach he's spent nothing. I don't know why. Maybe there was something projected and then it didn't happen, or to balance the books, or for some other reason.’

‘This summer I was 100% disappointed with the transfer market. I want to know what the players are doing. These lads have done no gym work for two years and to compensate for this they go [to the gym without my knowing], and they hide injuries.’

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