Benitez plots exit strategy

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Rafael Benitez's agent has confirmed ongoing talks are aimed at ending his contract at Inter Milan, according to Sky Sports Italia.

In what amounts to the first solid indication that Benitez has indeed been sacked by the reigning Serie A and European champions, agent Manuel Garcia Quilon was quoted as saying on Wednesday night : "We are talking about it, but I cannot say anything more".

Quilon met with Inter vice president Rinaldo Ghelfi and technical director Marco Branca, as well as the club lawyer Angelo Capellini, and added: "We are neither optimistic nor pessimistic. We will meet again to talk more."

With Benitez back in Liverpool, speculation has swirled for the last 24 hours that he has been dismissed as Inter coach, but the club have denied the story thus far, with president Massimo Moratti describing the situation as "a bit of a mess" that the club are "trying to understand".

But the 50-year-old looks likely to leave the post after he issued a 'sack me or back me' ultimatum after leading Inter to success in the FIFA Club World Cup on Saturday.

After the weekend 3-0 win over African side TP Mazembe, Benitez called for Moratti to back him in the upcoming transfer market after an otherwise poor start to the season.

The five-time reigning Serie A champions sit seventh in the Serie A table while they only qualified second in their Champions League group behind competition debutants Tottenham.

Inter's season has been undermined by injury, but with a 13-point gap behind leaders and city rivals AC Milan, Benitez has come under intense fire just six months into the job.

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