Rafael Benítez sacked as manager of Inter Milan

Spaniard is axed after just six months in charge with former AC Milan boss Leonardo set to take over

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Rafael Benítez has been sacked as the manager of Inter Milan with former AC Milan boss Leonardo being lined up as his replacement.

The Spaniard’s contract is understood to have been terminated on Tuesday night and the news of his departure is set to be officially confirmed on Wednesday.

The former Liverpool boss lasted less than six months at the San Siro after having taken over from Jose Mourinho in June.

Under Benítez, last season’s treble winners lost seven and drew six out of their 25 games and he leaves the Italian champions languishing in seventh place in Serie A, 13 points behind leaders AC Milan.

But the Spaniard did lead the Serie A side to both the the Italian Super Cup and the Club World Cup trophies during his short tenure.

Inter president Massimo Moratti, who insisted Benítez “is still manager of Inter” on Tuesday night, is understood to be close to securing the services of former Brazil international Leonardo as the Italian club’s new boss.

The former AC Milan manager is an attractive proposition as he is currently unemployed meaning Inter would not have to buy out any contract unlike other touted targets including Zenit St Petersburg’s Luciano Spaletti and England’s Fabio Capello.

Another source claims Guus Hiddink spurned the advances of Moratti on Tuesday morning. The Dutch manager is currently the head coach of Turkey’s national side and despite showing interest in the Inter role eventually turned down the opportunity, citing commitments to his current job.

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