Inter Coach Rafael Benitez Brushes Off Talk Of Diego Milito Squabbles Ahead Of Bari

Rafael Benitez claims there is no trouble with Diego Milito at Inter.
Inter coach Rafael Benitez has brushed off suggestions he is at odds with striker Diego Milito.

Milito has come under a regiment of criticism as life at San Siro is looking bleak following a stellar campaign last term.

The striker's agent Fernando Hidalgo earlier claimed that Jose Mourinho was a key source of his client's success - blaming Benitez for the poor start.

However, the Spanish coach is watching over Milito and he is out to help, not hinder, his fortunes.

Benitez addressed his concerns on what Hidalgo said during his pre-Bari press conference and asserted authority between pitch and bench, quick to quash talk of a Milito rebellion.

"I have spoken to Milito. He is well and is working good. He worked well today also," Benitez told the press.

"Diego knows it's just a matter of time. His agent's comments? Milito told me he was surprised by the comments because he has not spoken to his agent for a month.

"I have learned one thing though. We are getting close to games against Roma and Juventus, and all these things are emerging...

"Will they have a negative impact? I like working on the pitch, staying focused. The most important thing is that my players work well. What people say on the outside is not important."

Aside from the Milito dilemmas, or lack of, central to the coach's themes was the debate generated by Maurizio Zamparini, who claimed Inter are the new Juventus.

"Coming from the Premier League I can say that presidents there do not speak as much as they do here," said Benitez.

"Also, we had 17 shots on goal against Palermo... I have respect for everyone in football, and so I will not add more. I am a coach that speaks about football," he said.

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