ROME, Dec 21, 2010 (AFP) - Rafael Benitez remained coach of Inter Milan on Tuesday, insisted club president club president Massimo Moratti, despite renewed speculation that the Spaniard had been sacked.
After attending a meeting at the club's Milan offices Moratti declared in answer to a question whether Benitez was still Inter boss: "Yes, yes. There are no other thoughts.
"I have heard of and read about contacts being made with other coaches, but the club has not made contact with any other coach and will not until the situation is clarified."
Earlier Benitez's agent also dismissed rumours suggesting the Inter Milan coach's days at the club were numbered.
"No one called me and I've had no meeting scheduled with Massimo Moratti," Manuel Garcia Quilon told the ANSA news agency.
"Benitez wants to continue to do his job and continue to work to improve the club."
Benitez has looked ever closer to the exit door after Moratti blasted the former Liverpool boss for his post-Club World Cup outburst.
Having seen his side beat Congolese outfit Tout Puissant Mazembe 3-0 to win their fifth trophy of the year, Benitez launched a tirade against the powers that be at Inter.
Rafael Benitez holds a press conference at Zayed Sports City in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi on December 17, 2010 on the eve of the FIFA Club World Cup final. AFP
He accused his bosses of failing to support him in the transfer market and accused the players of taking their own decisions.
A furious Moratti was reported to be set to fire Benitez even though the dismissal of the former Liverpool boss, who took over from Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho during the summer, could cost the club between four and eight million euros.