It is official. Rafael Benitez has been confirmed as the new manager of Inter Milan after signing a two year contract.
The statement on the Inter web site reads:
“Inter welcomes Rafael Benitez. The Spanish coach signed a two-year contract this morning that will run until 30 June 2012. Rafael Benitez will be unveiled to the media in a press conference at the Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti in Appiano Gentile on Tuesday 15 June at 12:00.”
I am really shocked that Benitez only signed a two-year contract. New managers usually sign four or five year deals and I wonder whether Inter or Rafa wanted the shorter deal in case this hire goes wrong next season.
Benitez first signings are reported to be former Liverpool players with Javier Mascherano and Dirk Kuyt reported to be heading to Inter for around £33million.